I've seen it. In bar after bar. Whatever women want, that guy's got it. (Herc, turned into a half-spider monster, proceeds to have sex with a female half-spider monster) Storm:
Ugh! And he can keep
An Accidental Pornomancer
is a character who seems unable to avoid sex, particularly in situations where most sane people would find it awkward
This trope is usually what you get if you want the benefits of the Nice Guy
with none of the implications of The Pornomancer
. Sex is something that just happens to the Accidental Pornomancer, even if they're apathetic or don't want it, and their own desires are completely inconsequential. Moral repercussions are either glossed over
, or made to seem wrong, but still awesome
. The Accidental Pornomancer is thus free from any responsibility, consequences, guilt or fault for what happened, even if they enjoy it
In theory, it's the perfect escapist fantasy
: the hero isn't "perverted" because this sexual encounter isn't something they, or "normal" people, would want. They aren't womanizing or slutting, because they couldn't say no
, or the sex was really weird. Thus, there's plenty of Power Fantasy
, but your hero can still be an Audience Surrogate
. Further, this trope usually (but not always) averts Idealized Sex
; when the sex is really awkward or weird, you can still have them feel insecure, and thus seem innocent.
Because of gender stereotypes
, the Accidental Pornomancer is either Always Male
or the sexual aggressors
are Always Female
. If you swap genders, the same situation invites Unfortunate Implications
and Double Standards
, perhaps unless the story was intended for women
, but good luck with that.
While the guy will be admired or seen as "lucky", the rare female version
of this trope is usually an innocent being victimized
or a ditzy, "easy" Slut
Also, while the setup for this trope is the same as an Unwanted Harem
, where it differs is that in the Harem Genre
, the hero is usually chaste until the end. This hero sees action at some point during the story, and usually doesn't have to put in any work
As such, this trope is prevalent in a lot of Pornography
, and H-Games
For more information on the subject, check out the Analysis page
Subtrope to Chick Magnet
(and in some cases, Clueless Chick Magnet
specifically) and Really Gets Around
. Sometimes overlaps with sister trope, So Beautiful, It's a Curse
. In-universe, this is often confused for Playing Hard to Get
, but the difference is that the Accidental Pornomancer actually doesn't
seek any attention.
, which this subverts.
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- A recurring trope in advertising. Some unremarkable (perhaps even otherwise unattractive) Joe tries out the product being promoted, and the next thing he knows, he can't beat the women off with a stick.
- The '60s/'70s commercials for Hai Karate aftershave spring to mind.
- This was also used humorously in a Sir Walter Raliegh pipe tobacco commercial of the same era. When the hero switched to that tobacco, he proclaimed "The chicks are back; ... the chicks are BACK!" When the camera pulled back, he was being followed by a cheeping herd of fluffy yellow baby chicks.
- Subverted in a late 2012 "3 Musketeers" commercial. He's slightly offended at their come-ons, but it turns out they're only after his candy bar.
- Lynx/Axe antiperspirant shower gel ads are made of this. In one a girl borrows her boyfriend's gel and, after a day of attracting women, she returns home to demand an explanation. Another Lynx add has a man being molested in the elevator by a beautiful woman after using Lynx. And then, the next person to step into the elevator is a gay biker....
Anime and Manga
- Aki Sora. Full stop. Sora is extremely shy, effeminate, delicate, and socially awkward. And yet, he gets to have sex with some gorgeous woman almost every issue. Granted, he does have one regular lover, but every other woman he's with either rapes him, tricks him into sex, coerces him, or motivates him into pity sex.
- Deconstructed in Okane Ga Nai. Ayase is So Beautiful, It's a Curse, which leads to him becoming a Sex Slave. He struggles with his feelings about it throughout the series.
- Itou Makoto of School Days. He suddenly gets the attention of all the female main characters, and while he does want the attention and gives in, he never really does anything to actually get their attention. Eventually deconstructed and subverted when his refusal to support Sekai's supposed pregnancy ends in the girls rejecting him just as easily and ultimately his death. But reconstructed in many of the endings, in which ignoring some Love Interests entirely will end in bloodshed, thus forcing the player to play along to a fashion.
- Crying Freeman: Discussed as the reason why no woman will ever be able to kill Yoh: he's just such a perfect man, they cannot bring themselves to get rid of such beauty. The alternative? Sex.
- In Yurika's Campus Life, the titular character starts out like this, somehow bedding every woman she meets accidentally. Due to her rather tight economical situation, she quickly takes hold of her potential and starts seducing the women in her campus into giving her food and a place to stay, effectively crossing over into regular pornomancy.
- Dick Grayson, Depending on the Writer. Sometimes, Dick Grayson is shown to be a smooth Chivalrous Pervert who knows full well what he's doing. Other times, Dick just has a hard time saying no and keeping it in his pants. You could also make the argument that in the latter times, he's Obfuscating Stupidity. But, in any case, he's damn good at it.
- Case in point, during a particular story arc, Dick was lusted after by the Anti Heroine (or, perhaps more accurately, flat out villainess) The Tarantula. During a particularly bad case of Heroic BSOD, Tarantula strips a traumatized and lost Grayson and immediately has sex with him, despite the fact that he's protesting the whole time. Not only is this glossed over in the story for quite some time, even the writer herself claimed that this was just "nonconsensual" sex and that he wasn't exactly raped.
- Lampshaded in an issue of his comic by Tim Drake after Dick complains about his love life. Tim is quick to point out that, through his career, Dick has slept with gems such an alien princess, a goddess, a demon, and a mafia princess—not to mention the various types one would find in the superhero community. And keep in mind, this was before the Hot Librarian, the aforementioned Anti Heroine, the supermodel, or the circus girl.
- Tim himself would be this trope if people were just a bit slower to his rescue.
- Incredible Hulk. Ho-LEE crap. The Hulk "just wants to be left alone", but to date, the guy has had three wives, three offspring, several casual flings (including being raped by an Extradimensional Queen/Eldritch Abomination on two separate occasions), and many more women who value him for his strength.
- The X-Men character Longshot is all about this, thanks to his bizarre mix of naivete and willingness to try anything twice. Everyone from Rogue to Dazzler has thrown themselves at him at least once, to his puzzled acceptance.
- You could chalk it up to his powers, which amount to him being super-lucky. In everything.
- Hercules fits under this trope as well, when he isn't being an actual Pornomancer. Take, for example, Herc #8, in which Hercules is enslaved by The Queen Of Spider-Island and receives the powers of Spider-Man as well as the ability to transform into a Spider-centaurid. As a Brainwashed and Crazy Herc battles the X-Men, the mythological Arachne (who is half-spider) comes to Herc's rescue . . . and then realizes that his new form is exactly what she needs . . .
- Spider-Man. Sorta. During a particularly weird storyarc, he is pursed by The Queen, a sexy insectoid supervillainess. At one point, she captures and kisses Spidey, which somehow impregnates him. (To the story's credit, this is treated as horrific for our hero.) He later dies and is resurrected almost immediately after by giving birth to himself. Yeah. We warned you this story was weird.
- Conan the Barbarian: Nearly every woman the barbarian meets wants to jump his bones, and some are less savory about it than others. Many a wicked empress or sorceress has tried to enslave Conan through coercion or Mind Control, and it hasn't worked out well for any of them.
- Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose: Jon Webb, for the entirety of issue #14. After being force-fed a hallucinogen, he is constantly passed around between dozens upon dozens of supernatural babes. Tarot, his girlfriend, is actually delighted that he's spending the night making so many women happy. The sex itself is frequently weird, with him being used by giant women, little women, monster women, troll women, and women that want to use him as dinner later.
- Indiana Jones, at least in regards to his students, some of whom are minors. It's shown that Indy tends to try and ignore their advances, but at the same time, it's implied that he's given in more than once.
- Marian Ravenwood was 14 when they hooked up.
- Pootie Tang. Even when he was a child.
- To an extent, Will Ferrell's character from The Other Guys is inexplicably attractive to women who are seemingly way out of his league. He frequently talks about how plain his wife (Eva Mendez!) is and at the end of the movie he casually mentions that an ex of his grew up to be an actress...
- "The girl I lost my virginity to actually became a TV actress: Heather Locklear. You've heard of her? She was much chubbier back then."
- He was also a pimp for a time.
- Strike The Blood: Kojou Akatsuki is an interesting case. He's a vampire, and this series treats his bloodlust and blood-sucking as being akin to actual love and sex. (At one point, he even refers to himself as a "virgin" vampire because he's never drank blood.) Further, the only way for him to gain control over his powers is to drink the blood of someone new. So every storyarc follows a similar pattern: Akatsuki and the Girl of the Week become emotionally close, eventually are trapped together in a life-or-death situation, and she insists that he drink her blood to awaken new power. Every time, he insists that he had no choice.
- Anita Blake is a female example, and has all those Unfortunate Implications the description mentions. Though she gets to insist it's not her fault since it's because of her accidentally acquired succubus powers that make her have to or she'll die.
- Thomas Raith in The Dresden Files is a White Court vampire, which means he feeds on life force generated by emotions, and the most common emotion is lust. Being White Court, he is born with a "demon" bonded to his soul that tries to feed constantly and needs that energy, and if it doesn't get it the demon drives him into an insane, psychic-raping frenzy. When he isn't getting fed on human life energy, Thomas is unintentionally exuding a psychic "come hither" compulsion in people around him, which makes it hard for him to try to hold down a job when both men and women are either coming on to him or actually jumping his bones in the break room, and the demon isn't letting Thomas say no. It gets bad enough that he even starts pulling in joggers when he goes out for a run.
- Sir Lancelot in the legend of King Arthur was raped by two separate women: Lady Elaine and her servant, Brisen.
- Alatiel in The Decameron is a rare female version. She winds up kidnapped, and loses her virginity when her captor gets her inebriated before having his way with her. She grew a taste for it very quickly. From there, men constantly fight over her, capture or enslave her, rarely of her own volition, but she hardly minds the constant sex. By the end, when she meets the man she is to marry, she's afraid that the problems associated with female versions of this trope will deter her suitor, but he says "Nope!" and they marry and live Happily Ever After.
- John Carter of Mars only ever had eyes for Dejah Thoris, but that didn't prevent him from attracting the affections of Thuvia, Phaidor, and Ozara, among others.
Live Action TV
- Brittany in Glee. It is implied that she had slept with nearly every guy in the school, yet you never see her trying, and she doesn't seem to realize how unusual this is.
- Randy in My Name Is Earl borders on this trope; much to everyone's surprise, he turns out to be very good in bed during his green card marriage, but he doesn't seem to know this about himself. As a result, though, he doesn't Really Get Around much during the series.
- This seems to be the default programming of Warren's sexbots on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Deconstructed to horrific effect with the premise of Dollhouse, where the "dolls" are selected for physical attractriveness and repeatedly brainwashed and mindwiped, meaning that they become the dream lover of a variety of clients while never quite knowing or remembering afterwards. For the clients, this means a lover who will indulge their worst fantasies and never remember afterwards, as in their mindwiped "doll" state, they're all childlike amnesiacs. Or at least that's how it's supposed to work.
- Dr. Chase on House...sorta. It's been shown on occasion that he can't turn off women even when he's trying.
- Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Though Will himself is definitely The Casanova, there has been an occasional story about a woman who just wouldn't take no for an answer, or whom sleeping with was just an all-around bad idea. His girlfriend's mother, for example.
- Daniel in Stargate SG-1. Two episodes after his wife is kidnapped by the Goa'uld, he gets lucky with an alien high-priest's daughter when they accidentally revert to a neanderthal state. After that, he gets jumped by Hathor, Shyla, and Linea, mind-raped by Sarah/Osiris, and is propositioned repeatedly by Vala (who he eventually obliges during the series finale... which is then erased by intentional time screwyness). And of course, he often doesn't get much of a say in the matter...
- The Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who. Technically, several previous incarnations have had shades of this, but due to the Moral Guardians it was usually too subtle to really qualify. Mata Hari, Queen Nefertiti, Marilyn Monroe, and in his tenth incarnation, Queen Elizabeth I and Madame de Pompadour are some of his most recognizable entanglements. And as far as companions go, Rose Tyler and Martha Jones made it unambigiously clear they'd jump the Doctor's bones at the slightest provocation (making the cloned Doctor Rose ends up with a pretty lucky fella), and Amy Pond actually tries to get the Eleventh Doctor to sleep with her!
Mythology & Religion
- Accoridng to the Kabbalah, King David was seduced by a succubus in order to give birth to Asmodeus, who eventually becomes the King Of Hell.
- By many interpretations of the The Qur'an, Jinns are forbidden from marrying or mating with humanity. That hasn't stopped many of them from seducing humans anyway.
- In The Bible, Lot is forced upon by both of his daughters in order to make them pregnant. Their reasons for this are often interpreted as them mistakenly believing that God had killed every man on Earth except for Lot.
- In Classical Mythology:
- Hercules, even moreso than his comic book interpretation above. During his Twelve Labors, he slept with King Thespius's daughters (all fifty of them). Some accounts state this was one of his labors, other accounts say that this was the only way to secure the King's assistance (because the King wanted grandchildren) and some accounts say that the reward for his deeds was...doing the deed. (Thespius certainly got what he wanted; all fifty of his daughters conceived a child as a result.)
- Odysseus, during his quest to return home from the Trojan War. He gets shipwrecked twice and is forced to become the love slave of both Circe and Calypso respectively. This is treated relatively seriously; though Odysseus could only admit that both of his lovers were more attractive than his wife Penelope, the only thing he really wanted was to return to his One True Love.
- Norse Mythology has Freyja. Ironically, she is a Love Goddess and was well known for Really Getting Around, but there is one myth in which she was rescued from a harsh snow storm by a quartet of dwarves. The dwarves saved her life and in return, each one wanted sex with her. She politely refused and was soon to be on her way — until she saw a necklace of theirs that she wanted badly. Let's put it this way: everybody got what they wanted that night.
- Fable: You, if you have trouble keeping it in your pants. So long as you're amicable and nice (and sometimes, even if you're not), you're guaranteed to have at least one NPC eager to roll in the hay with you even if you weren't really trying.
- In Fable II eligible citizens will eventually fall for a famous hero simply by virtue of said hero's reputation. A particularly heroic player character will easily capture the hearts of pretty much everyone attracted to his or her gender. It eventually becomes normal to be propositioned when your just passing through a town or village. Even an outright evil PC will still get random advances from people who are into evil bastards.
- Alistair of Dragon Age: Origins. Alistair starts as a virgin and is rather clueless in regards to women, but during the course of one playthrough, you can help him bed the pirate queen Isabela, Queen Anora, his hated rival Morrigan, and yourself, provided that you "harden" him (EMOTIONALLY) first.
- The Warden can wind up this way themselves, as several romances can be initiated simply be being friendly.
- The Princess from A Dance with Rogues, a fanmade Neverwinter Nights module, can be this or The Pornomancer. Depending on how you play her.
- Gary of Ménage à 3 has come to embody this trope, except insofar as he doesn't always get as far as full sex, after starting out as an Unlucky Everydude. Along with his adorkable if passive charm, it turns out he's got a talent for cunnilingus, which makes every woman (and some men) willing to try any dirty trick to get him. Amber even blindfolded him to make him think he was kissing someone else while he went down on her. Thus far, he has been utterly incapable of saying the word "No" and sticking with it. Only comedy, and the occasional collision between multiple women, sometimes literally at the door to his bedroom, have kept him from actual sex with most of these pursuers.