->''You've got Shiksappeal. Jewish men love the idea of meeting a woman that's not like [[JewishMother their mother]].''
-->-- '''George Costanza''', ''{{Seinfeld}}''

The tendency of some Jewish male characters in media to be paired with a non-Jewish female character ("Shiksa" in Yiddish). Typically, shiksas represent the exotic outsider to the insular Jewish community. Jews looking to break free of the bonds of Jewish society might do so through association with shiksas. A gentile partner might also be a status symbol in areas where Jews are still discriminated against. Other Jewish men might simply be more attracted to women without Semitic features. Shiksas are often [[PhenotypeStereotype blonde and blue-eyed]], traits more rare among Jews, to distinguish them from the Jewish norm.

The word "shiksa" comes from the Hebrew word for "abomination," as these gentile temptresses were feared to be stealing away all the {{Nice Jewish Boy}}s. Like most cultures, Jewish society traditionally looks down on members marrying outsiders, seeing it as a rejection of their heritage and community. Mixed couples won't necessarily perpetuate the traditions and beliefs that bind Jewish society together. In fact, strict application of Jewish law requires children born of a gentile mother to "convert" to Judaism even if they are raised Jewish.

The champion of Jewish beauty, and rival to the ''Shiksa Goddess'' is the ''Shayna Maidel'' (Yiddish slang, it literally means "a pretty girl", though typically applied to a Jewish woman).

The inversion of ''Shiksa Goddess'' is MatzoFever, which is about non-Jews having this reaction to Jews.

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* Creator/JuddApatow is in love with this trope, with ''Film/KnockedUp'' probably the most notable example. One need only look to the fact that he married Leslie Mann to see the inspiration.
* ''Film/AnnieHall'': The contrast between Annie's white-bread Midwestern WASP family and (Allen's character) Alvy's Brooklyn Jewish family is frequently PlayedForLaughs. One of the working titles was even ''Me and My Goy''. Some other films by Creator/WoodyAllen also qualify. His two longest relationships have been with Mia Farrow and Soon-yi Previn who are both non-Jews.
* The fake trailer for "Cleopatra Schwartz" in ''Film/KentuckyFriedMovie'' paired a Hasidic Jew with a {{Blaxploitation}} heroine.
* The wedding in ''Film/AmericanPie III'' is all about this, which is mildly ironic, as the Gentile bride is played by the Half-Irish/Half-Jewish Creator/AlysonHannigan and the Jewish groom is played by the Roman Catholic, Italian-American Jason Biggs, who is often mistaken for a Jew.
* Creator/RobertRedford was the male version for Music/BarbraStreisand in ''TheWayWeWere''.
* ''Tales from the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood'', is an interesting example of this and MatzoFever in the romance between Katherine Verdoux and Rafe Guttman. For such a gleefully trashy film, it's got a very interesting subtext about interconfessional romance.
* Yoine Shagal, the Jewish innkeeper of ''Film/TheFearlessVampireKillers'', is comically lusting after his Christian maidservant, the beautiful blonde Magda, though considering what his wife looks like he'll probably take anything.
* In ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'', a Jewish character states that Jews like Asian girls because they're smart and not Jewish. The Jewish fraternity party seems to be entirely populated by Jewish guys and Asian girls.
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* The author JudithKrantz likes to put them in almost every book. Possibly the most memorable fetishing character is BlueBlood MyGirlIsASlut Jessica in ''Scruples'', who only boffs Jewish guys because they run in different social circles, so her reputation among the other BlueBlood types is safe. She also rates men on a scale of 1-10 and boinks Jewish nines. When asked what will happen if she ever meets a Jewish ten, she answers, "Run like a thief, I hope." Nope, when it happens she marries him.
* ''Literature/{{Trilby}}'' is perhaps the UrExample.
* [[IncrediblyLamePun Tracy Bacon]] from Creator/MichaelChabon's ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay'' is presented as a gay male version of this trope
* The titular character from ''Jeffery Archer's'' short story, Christina Rosenthal, certainly qualifies.
* Alex Portnoy in ''Literature/PortnoysComplaint'' talks at length about his attraction to non-Jewish women and his three Christian girlfriends, whom he nicknamed the Monkey, the Pumpkin, and the Pilgrim.

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* Elaine's "Shiksappeal", from ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. Somewhat ironically the character was originally intended to be Jewish (after all, [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]] is, and she's distantly related to one of the most famous French Jews in history, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Dreyfus Alfred Dreyfus]]).
* Sandy and Kirsten Cohen of ''TheOC''
* ''SexAndTheCity'':
** Charlotte [[ConvertingForLove converts to Judaism for Harry]], who she ends up marrying. Charlotte to Harry: "I give up Jesus for you, and you can't even give up the Mets?!"
** In an early season, Charlotte sleeps with an Orthodox Jewish artist whose work she's evaluating.
* Series/{{House}} notes that Cuddys' mom is "...a Shiksa." Apparently she converted when she married Cuddy's father. [[ObnoxiousInLaws She's also a bitch.]]
* On ''TheNanny'', Fran frequently refers to Maggie as a Shiksa Goddess. This ended up becoming foreshadowing when Maggie actually does marry a Jewish boy in the final season.
* ''TheBigBangTheory'':
** Howard Wolowitz calls Penny a Shiksa Goddess.
--->''(to Raj)'': You're missing the point! A Shiksa goddess is not an actual goddess. We pray ''on'' them, not ''to'' them.
** Howard ends up with Bernadette. They initially connect over freaking out their families Bernadette, being Catholic, is thrilled at the prospect of freaking out ''her'' parents. Their relationship has since moved beyond that joke.
* On ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Harry teases Dick and Tommy for dating "blonde shiksa goddesses" Mary and August. Possibly a subversion, as they're not really Jewish, or even human. Their landlady dubbed them with a Jewish identity because they had the last name "Solomon", and she didn't know they took it off [[LineOfSightName the side of a truck]] (of the actors playing the Solomons, only Creator/JosephGordonLevitt is Jewish in RealLife).
* In an episode of ''Series/ColdCase'' it's learned that the victim of the week had been disowned by his father because of his (the victim's) intent to abandon plans to attend dental school, and marry a non-Jewish woman, whom he (the father) outright describes as a "Shiksa".
* Referenced by name in the American version of ''[[Series/BeingHumanRemake Being Human]]'': [[WolfMan Josh]]'s sister Emily thinks he's jealous because [[LipstickLesbian she hooked up with a Shiksa Goddess]] before he did.
* ''{{Glee}}'' has Puck (who's Jewish) having feelings for blonde and Christian Quinn
* ''Series/QueerAsFolk'': Melanie calls Lindsay her shiksa goddess at one point.
* On TheWestWing, Josh and CJ quarrel and he calls her "shiksa feminista". He immediately acknowledges that he has gone too far.
* ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'': the uber-Jew Larry is married to Cheryl, a level-headed, middle-American WASP. Their clash of cultures and personalities drive many plots.
* It's never elaborated on but Lenny Briscoe on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had a Jewish father and a Catholic mother. (At one point this causes a bigoted lawyer to link Lenny to an alleged Jewish conspiracy due to his last name; Lenny is understandably pissed, and points out to [=McCoy=] that he's not even Jewish.)
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* The band Say Anything released a single called "Shiksa (Girlfriend)" and wondering how he landed a non-Jewish girlfriend. Ironically, Max Bemis converted to Christianity when he got married.

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* The Bible has Jezebel, a Phoenician Baal worshipping princess, marrying the Israelite King Ahab. It's a false conversion due to her intentions to wipe out the original Hebrew religion and replace it with her Canaanite religion of worshipping the idols Ba'al and Asherah. This is why "Jezebel" is often used to mean a temptress or slut.
* Ruth, the moabite daughter-in-law of the Jewish widow Naomi, who later on marries Noami's kinsman Boaz. There's also the wives of Joseph (married an egyptian) and Moses (married a midianite/ethiopian).

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* The musical ''Theatre/TheLastFiveYears'', which actually has a song titled "Shiksa Goddess" in which Jaime reiterates that he'd take any girl as long as she wasn't Jewish.
* This was one of the principal tropes in ''Abie's Irish Rose''. Abie's father wouldn't stand for any NiceJewishBoy marrying a non-Jewish girl, so Abie has to trick his father into believing that Rose Mary Murphy is actually Rosie Murpheski. The father doesn't find out the ruse until the Jewish wedding ceremony is well underway. The play was a huge success in the 1920s, despite the fact that the critics universally agreed that it was ''absolutely terrible''.

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* PlayedForDrama in ''TheShivah''. Rabbi Stone excommunicated Jack Lauder from his synagogue for pursuing a relationship with Rajshree. As a man, Stone truly wished both of them happiness. But as a conservative rabbi, he couldn't condone their union.

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* ''KimPossible'': Ron Stoppable is a Jew while his girlfriend Kim is a Gentile.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', all male residents of the Fifth Dimension are SpaceJews. The one female resident depicted is [[Creator/GilbertGottfried Mxy]]'s wife, Gspltsnz, who bears a striking resemblance to [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Jessica Rabbit]].

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