Asexuality
aka: Asexual

Oberyn: You did like boys? Before?
Varys: [shakes head]
Oberyn: Really? Girls? Hmm. I hope you won't be offended when I say I never would have guessed.
Varys: Not at all. But I was never interested in girls, either.
Oberyn: What then?
Varys: Nothing.
Oberyn: Everybody is interested in something.
Varys: Not me. When I see what desire does to people, what it's done to this country, I am very glad to have no part in it. Besides, the absence of desire leaves one free to pursue other things.
Oberyn: Such as?
Varys: [looks meaningfully at the Iron Throne]

In fiction you encounter tropes such as Everyone Is Gay, No Bisexuals, Everyone Is Bi, Anything That Moves, or even Extreme Omnisexual. You hear Silly Love Songs about Intercourse with You, and see Love Dodecahedrons, Kiss Kiss Slapping, Slap Slap Kissing, and oodles of Shipping.

What you less often see are characters who are of an age or situation to get sexually attracted—but aren't.

It is difficult to showcase a lack of something, so it is understandable that this orientation is often ignored, especially in works with No Hugging, No Kissing. However, this also leads to the common assumption that everyone is interested in sex.

This can lead to awkward feelings for the asexual audience when sex is shown to be something everyone does and wants, to a full and completed degree. Asexuality is something of a Cassandra Truth. Both in-universe and out, fans and fellow characters alike will often dismiss their sexual orientation as a side-effect of depression, mental sickness, low hormone levels, abuse, immaturity, or even just plain old sour grapes.note  This criticism will not stop until they've succeeded in getting them to bed someone so they can live a "normal" life at last. They may also be Mistaken for Gay— especially if gayness is not expected to be expressed.

In Real Life, asexuals don't feel sexual attraction. Intimate relationships are just fine, and many are comfortable with cuddling and kissing to express their feelings—they may be part of a Chastity Couple. Sex doesn't have to be disgusting, it's just not something that they feel has any place in their lives. Some asexuals do have sex with their life partners. They may even enjoy it when they actually "get around to it". But it's not something they seek out.

Seeing as Real Life sex is first and foremost a means to prolong the existence of our species note  to not have any drive for it in the first place is ultimately as "abnormal" a sexual orientation as homosexuality. This doesn't mean asexuals have any problems with showing their affection for somebody. But many don't feel sex needs to play a part in their lives, nor is it required for a happy long-term relationship (for them, anyway).

Many asexuals consider asexuality to be a spectrum, with "gray asexuality" and "demisexuality" residing somewhere between "fully" asexual and "fully" sexual. See Single-Target Sexuality and If It's You, It's Okay. Ironically, because they don't consider sex to be important in their lives, they may feel more comfortable talking and joking about sex than those more inclined to have sex, but this is all that it is—a joke.

Asexuality has its own logical place in evolution, similar to homosexuality—somebody who does not have children (whether through being asexual or homosexual) can still take care of the children of another if they fall sick, or they can go hunting or defend the tribe without having to take care of children. Additionally they do not pose any direct threat to the continuation of an alpha male's bloodline, meaning they won't be chased away from the tribe.

Not to be confused with lacking sexual organs, being genderless or the biological term asexuality, which describes an organism that reproduces by itself without meiosis, ploidy reduction, or fertilization. See Truly Single Parent for characters who reproduce asexually.

The direct opposite of Extreme Omnisexual and frequently a victim of the belief that Good People Have Good Sex and Sex Equals Love. See also Celibate Hero and Chaste Hero. A possible cause of Married to the Job.

Likewise, some characters may be just too afraid of sex to actually seek it out. Some characters are afraid or uncomfortable with sex because of sexual abuse. This is not asexuality.

This should not be confused with lacking sex appeal, where the person in question is not deemed sexually attractive by others.

Note: Only include someone if they are explicitly asexual, not assumed to be due to lack of shown attention. Also remember that while they overlap frequently in fiction, asexuality and having No Social Skills are not the same thing. No Fanon, please.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Surprisingly for a popular mainstream shonen protagonist, Luffy from One Piece is asexual. The mangaka has gone on record as saying that he only takes part in the standard ecchi gags when Usopp's there to be a perverted influence and doesn't if his friends aren't around. Similarly to Sheldon, Oda explained it to the younger fans by saying that Luffy is only attracted to adventure (and possibly food). It's also worth keeping in mind that Eiichiro Oda has explicitly stated that there will be absolutely no romance in One Piece because "boys aren't interested in romance" so it's not surprising that Luffy takes no interest in girls.
  • Both Sasaki (self-identified) and Yuki Nagato from Haruhi Suzumiya. The latter is because she is essentially an organic robot created by an alien being of data, and largely unable to express emotion.
  • Lloyd Asplund, of Code Geass, resident Mad Scientist, proposes to Milly Ashford within moments of meeting her, but because he wants her family's Knightmare Frame designs. His assistant Cecile later explains that Lloyd doesn't even give a second thought to matters of the flesh.
  • Naozumi Sudo from Naru Taru is an Übermensch who explicitly states that human sexuality is of no concern to him.
  • Mitsuya from Migite ni Juu, Hidarite ni Ai specifically states that he is neither straight nor gay and has no response in sexual situations.
  • Count D from Pet Shop of Horrors is asexual in both the biological sense and the socio-psychological one. Due to being one of the last surviving members of a highly advanced race of supernatural beings that reproduce asexually to give rise to offspring that are identical to them in every way, D has no physical need for sex. Being quite attractive, he is pursued by both women and men (some of whom make their intentions glaringly obvious); but he treats all of them with indifference and sometimes outright cruelty, should they become too aggressive for his liking.
  • Ennis from Baccano! starts as a straight example, being an Artificial Human. It takes her fifty years of Innocent Cohabitation with Firo to reciprocate his feelings, and as of 2002 (read—seventy-two years) they apparently still haven't had sex (although it's also because they suffer from a severe case of Twice Shy).
  • Medaka from Medaka Box is in-universely suspected after she turns out to be immune to love inducement.
  • Anri Sonohara of Durarara!! is a somewhat twisted example. She herself suggests she's merely incapable of discerning her own feelings towards others, and a very strong point is made that she's the way she is due to psychological trauma and subsequent dissociation. Later she appears to actually be developing romantic feelings towards Mikado. Complicating matters somewhat is the fact that should she grow capable of love, she will become vulnerable to possession by Saika.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Piccolo does not seem to understand the concept of romance, referring to it as "mushy stuff". Could be an extension of his role of The Stoic, but as a member of a hermaphroditic alien race who can biologically reproduce asexually, it's possible that a lack of interest in relationships is a trait that all Namekians share.
    • Word of God has also stated that Tien has no interest in romance.
  • Doctor Easter of Mardock Scramble was rendered asexual due to very involved ethics testing he was required to go through, ending his marriage. He thinks it makes him saintly.
  • Major Klaus Heinz von dem Eberbach of From Eroica with Love seems to fit this trope. Men are met with (sometimes violent) rage, and women give him the creeps.
  • When Ebina from Wandering Son is looking for a new wife, a few years after her previous one died, the first woman she meets says she's never had a crush and would be perfectly fine never dating anyone but is trying to date before it's too late. It doesn't really work out between them.
  • The author of Beelzebub has said in an interview that he can't see Oga ever being in a relationship, and that the only contact he enjoys is punching other boys. This matches up with Oga's in canon behavior where he either scoffs at romance,pretends to be clueless, or actively runs away from it.
  • Ryou Bakura from Yu-Gi-Oh! could certainly qualify. In the guide/databook that was released for the series (funnily enough called the Gospel of Truth), Kazuki Takahashi said that Bakura "is more interested in games than girls" which is why he shows no interest (and even dismay) at the fangirls that fawn over him at school. Since we never see him show any interest in or attraction to boys either, saying he's asexual is a safe bet.
  • Seraph of the End: Vampires are stated to lose their sexual desire when they lose their humanity and only long for blood.

    Audio Play 
  • In Big Finish Doctor Who, Davros (who gets tons and tons of Character Development) self-identifies as asexual and aromantic. There are hints that he may have been in love with his co-worker Shan, but he abhors the idea of being in a romantic relationship, so the point is moot.

    Comic Books 
  • The title character of Devi is asexual… part of the time.
  • Max from Sam & Max: Freelance Police openly states that he doesn't like girls. He doesn't seem to show any interest in guys either. At one point he even said that he views a sex drive as nothing more than a nuisance distracting him from his most favorite of things… violence. In one of the video games, a time traveling incident ends up reversing this and turning him into a Casanova Wannabe, but he's soon back to normal.
  • In issue #4 of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Johnny may as well have jumped out of the asexual closet. He implies there are multiple reasons that he avoids sexual intimacy altogether after being accused of rape, one of them being "See, I don't want to touch anything. I don't want to feel anyone because I don't care about anyone like that, and to touch it is disgusting for all of its emptiness". According to the later issues, he does have sexual desires, though (personified by "Reverend Meat", a Bob's Big Boy figurine he got as a present from an old girlfriend whom he lost his virginity to). He just represses them, so this may actually be a case of sex repulsion rather than asexuality.
  • Despite being infamous as a Depraved Bisexual, Daken is this according to Word of God. He only uses sex as a tool to manipulate others.
  • Tremor (Roshanna Chatterji) of Secret Six and The Movement is asexual.
  • The Joker tends to be portrayed as completely uninterested in sex, only caring about his "jokes" and schemes. While he is willing to partake in sex, he only ever does as part of an Evil Plan, manipulation, or because he wants to make a sick joke about it. For example, the self-titled graphic novel has him rape a woman named Shelly, the wife of one of his henchmen and the book's POV character, Jonny Frost as a fucked up way of making things "even" between the two after Frost withheld the fact he had a meeting with Two-Face.
  • Archie Comics' Jughead has dabbled in the occasional flirt, but always returns to his one true love: food. As of 2016, he explicitly identifies as asexual, and Show Runner Chip Zdarsky has confirmed that he considers Jughead to always have been asexual even if past writers didn't have a word for it yet.
  • Alix from Sex Criminals can only orgasm by flying. As in they orgasm/gets the thrill of orgasming through base jumping.
  • Joshua from No Hero realizes he is this by the end, due to seeing his adoptive father rape dead bodies as a child and losing his genitalia as an adult.

    Fan Works 
  • In Naruto Veangance Revelaitons, Sasuke is portrayed as asexual. While this would not normally stand out given how he appears to be close to this status in canon (one of the few things about his character the fic gets right), the author, who is of the belief that teenagers should have sex as early and often as possible, makes a special point of using him to bash asexual people.
  • Dave in Brainbent. It wasn't caused by his unfortunately sexualised upbringing (his brother had sex where Dave could and did walk in on him and left heaps of sex toys around the place) but it probably isn't helping the issues which were caused by it.
  • Hivefled: Eridan is repulsed-asexual and so terrified of having a cull-worthy abnormality that he slept with anyone who looked at him and convinced himself that the disgust and stress he felt was normal.
  • Gundam Storm: Athene and her fellow supersoldiers are asexual and have had their reproductive capabilities removed as part of their "modifications". Shane eventually realises that he is in love with Athene, but is convinced she can never love him back because of this.
  • In Empath: The Luckiest Smurf, all Psyches are forced to be asexual, since the Psyche Master handles all reproduction of the Psyches.
  • The fanfic Ace of Hearts focuses on Keima Katsuragi coming to realise he is heteroromantic, but asexual.
  • In Yet Again, Scabbard is highly implied to be asexual, and Orochimaru of all people essentially says he this. It later turns out Scabbard is actually Bi the Way and just keeps it very controlled.
  • Jason Shepard from Sailor Moon: Legends of Lightstorm used to be straight, but became asexual at some point during his long life.
  • Nick/Rythin from Nightblade is asexual. He doesn't make that big a deal about his orientation, aside from rejecting a love confession while he's still uncertain about it.
  • Pony POV Series:
    • In the Shining Armor arc, Dima says he feels nothing for any gender or species.
    • In the Finale arc, Nightmare Mirror says she has no libido. This means she can secretly bodyguard Cadence and Shining Armor's honeymoon night and keep from being distracted. She claims watching them make love is no different from watching them play checkers.
  • In Fall Back - 1940, Tom Riddle is strongly implied to be this.
  • Quicksand in The Last Brony: Kingdom Hearts With a Black Sora is asexual and proud of it, being extremely critical of "the sexuals" and thinking them disgusting, violent, discriminatory, etc. It's mostly just bigoted garbage, but Occasionally he'll make an argument that gives pause.

    Films — Animation 
  • Sawada from Tekkonkinkreet states his lack of interest in women, and has commented "I'm frigid" and "never had an orgasm".

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the TV movie sequel to Lawrence of Arabia, called A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia, T.E. Lawrence (who despite some homoerotic passages in his writing always insisted he never had sex voluntarily with anyone in his life) first refuses a beautiful woman come to seduce him, saying with a despairing laugh that he literally CAN'T do what she wants from him (not even for the direly needed political favor she could do him in return). Then in a scene shortly after that, he also refuses the more subtle advances of a male friend of his and talks disparagingly about sex in general. Despite this, he seems to have a rather intense emotional bond with prince Feisal and the movie uses a few tropes of classic romantic movies between them (like lighting the other's cigarette), implying a homoromantic orientation. There is some implication that Lawrence's behaviour is the result of trauma, but the movie thankfully doesn't make any mention of the fact that the real T.E. Lawrence was raped as well.
  • In Perfume, the Villain Protagonist is obsessed with the scents of nubile virgins, though he has no sexual interest in them, or anyone else. He hires a prostitute solely for the purpose of an experiment to capture her scent.
  • The Dutch drama Love Life (also known as Stricken) has a serial womanizer named Stijn as its lead. Stijn narrates the film, and when introducing his best friend, Frank, notes that Frank's libido is exactly the opposite to his: "He's not interested in fucking. It exists."
  • Alan of The Hangover series is asexual, according to Word of God. He gets married in the third film, but this doesn't contradict him being asexual, as asexual and aromantic are two different things.
  • Brian Lackey of Mysterious Skin. He shows no interest in sex or romance, and seems repulsed when a female character abruptly tries to kiss, touch and undress him. Another character describes his "vibe" as "kinda weirdly asexual." His memories of the childhood sexual abuse responsible for this are strongly repressed until the end of the movie, as he believes he was abducted by aliens and not sexually abused.
  • π: Reclusive mathematician Max Renn isn't interested when his pretty neighbor constantly hits on him and doesn't seem interested in men, either. There are hints during one of his last hallucinations that he does yearn for a romantic connection to his neighbor, though.
  • Herbert West from Re-Animator scoffs at the sex drives of his fellow scientists ("Don't let the little head rule the big head, Dan."), and actor Jeffrey Combs explicitly describes him as asexual in an interview in the 1996 book "Shockmasters".
  • In Nymphomaniac, Seligman claims to be this, and he and Joe have a refreshingly open and respectful conversation about it. Unfortunately, it is somewhat undermined by the ending, in which he attempts to rape her.

    Literature 
  • A Brother's Price has Captain Tern, who says she isn't married, and doesn't particularly want to be, either, and doesn't mention a girlfriend, either. When asked to rate the desirability of men, she makes comparisons of personality rather than looks.
  • Sherlock Holmes is directly stated to have no interest at all in romance or sex in Arthur Conan Doyle's original series of novels and short stories. Also, many copycats, "derived works" and even official adaptations try to make this aspect of his personality questionable, in order to appeal to a wider audience and introduce more drama into the equation. In most of the mainstream derived works, Irene Adler becomes Holmes's love interest. In the original story, however, this was never so. In fact, Holmes and Adler only ever meet once, and only very briefly. He hardly ever mentions her again in any other story either, mostly in passing as someone who beat him. While it's true he was interested in her, he seems more fascinated with her unusual intelligence than sympathetic or romantic. Presumably, because while she was not the first to outsmart him, she was the first woman to do so and in the Victorian era, women were not believed to be capable.
  • The first Red Adept in Piers Anthony's Apprentice Adept series. Several fans misconstrued her as a Psycho Lesbian, due to her misandry (and general misanthropy, come to think of it), but Word of God said no, she wasn't interested in any gender.
  • Sir Perceval, the heroine of Elizabeth Bear's Dust, is canonically asexual (although the word she uses is celibate). Perceval also uses asexed, when explaining to Rien why she's not interested in her.
    • Later in the same trilogy it's mentioned that in this regard Perceval is a lot like her aunt Cynric the Sorceress.
  • In Sheridan Hay's The Secret of Lost Things, the character Oscar is stated to have no romantic or sexual interest in anyone of any gender—unfortunately for the heroine, who's in love with him.
  • Heralds of Valdemar:
    • Tarma, one of the two female main characters, is magically bound to her goddess, and one of the consequences of this bond is that she feels no sexual desire whatsoever. Her goddess is very into the whole Celibate Hero thing. Though only of those sworn as warriors, due to her multiple aspects. Tarma also mentions to her partner that it should in no way stop HER from having many children, so to replenish her destroyed clan.
    • Solaris the Son of the Sun from some of the later books is heavily implied to be asexual, though it's not known in her case whether this is natural or imposed on her by the god Vkandis in a similar manner to Tarma.
  • The eponymous heroine of Elizabeth Moon's The Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy receives several propositions from fellow soldiers in her mercenary company, but turns them all down, explaining that she's never been interested in sex. Near the end of the book, this plays a part when she allows herself to be raped and tortured in order to buy the freedom of the rightful king. The rape fails to have any effect on her psyche, becoming just another form of pain she has to endure. The fallout from that incident turns into a Crowning Moment of Awesome as her loyalty is rewarded.
  • Rachael Ghorbani, from John Ringo's Council Wars series likens her own asexuality to being color-blind or tone-deaf. She simply doesn't understand the attraction of sex and finds the physical implications revolting.
  • Played with in Bruce Sterling's Schismatrix, a Science Fiction novel—a group of asteroid settlers are all rendered asexual via a sort of chemical castration; The Hero agrees to turn off his sexuality in exchange for the settlers' diplomat amping hers up with drugs. This leads to an extremely squicky sex scene. It also featured a brilliant explanation of sex as seen from the colonists' viewpoint: She asks him to put his finger in her mouth and asks, "How does that feel?", to which The Hero responds something in line of "Moist and uncomfortably intimate"—which is exactly how she would feel about sex.
  • Adele Mundy, from David Drake's RCN series, has "never been interested in mating rituals in either the abstract or the particular," and views the sexual obsession of most of the human race with bemused detachment.
  • Kevin, from the book "Guardian of the Dead" by Karen Healey, is asexual.
  • Robert Merle's novel Death Is My Trade, based on the autobiography of Rudolf Höss, the commander of the Auschwitz concentration camp, portrays the protagonist (called Rudolf Lang in the book) this way. He gains more pleasure from polishing his boots than sex. He gets married and has children, but only because he feels that it's his duty towards his country.
  • Rudy Waltz, the protagonist of Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut, calls himself a "neuter". He has no interest in sex, and nobody even notices him, even though he'd be handsome if he took care of himself. He fantasizes about organizing a pride march for asexuals like himself.
  • Most (but not all) of the characters in Greg Egan's Diaspora are neuter by choice. (In his Oceanic and Schild's Ladder, everyone is hermaphroditic – in two different ways.)
  • Played for laughs in The Alphabet of Manliness, where Asexuality is judged as popping a boner while doing your math homework.
  • In the Culture novels, you have every variation of sexuality possible, including asexuality, present in the Culture citizens.
  • The "glorifieds" of the Left Behind series are that way due to the nature of their new bodies and minds.
  • The Halo books note that one of the physical enhancements that the Spartan-IIs undergo suppresses their sex drive, though the books don't go any further into this. That said, they aren't necessarily aromantic or even automatically asexual; Maria-062 officially retired to raise a family (though she still works as a beta tester for the Spartans' new equipment), while Randall-037 struck a deal with ONI after going AWOL to have most of his augmentations removed and has a daughter by Halo: Nightfall. To clarify, the damping of their sex drives is a common side effect of the hormonal alterations that the Spartans are subjected to. While this represents a decrease in drive, it does not necessarily eliminate that drive entirely, nor does every individual Spartan react to the treatment exactly the same way. While asexual Spartans are the norm, exceptions can be expected.
  • Lily Briscoe from Virginia Wolfe's "To The Lighthouse" is described as asexual by Margaret Drabble in the introduction to the Oxford University Press edition.
  • Jenny Fields from John Irving's "The World According To Garp" is an asexual nurse who is repulsed by sex.
  • Robert Howard's puritanical swashbuckler Solomon Kane expressly stated multiple times that he has neither the time nor the motivation to pursue or desire anything romantically or sexually. He needs only his trusty blade and wrongs to right!
  • Harry Potter: While the word "Asexual" was never used, J. K. Rowling said in an interview that Charlie Weasley is more interested in dragons than women (and he's not gay, either).
  • Enjolras from Les Misérables is specifically stated to have no interest in women, and his mistress is his country. While it's possible he could be a Badass Gay, it's stated after Mabeuf's death that Enjolras had never so much as kissed anyone before, so he's a Celibate Hero regardless of his orientation. The protagonist Jean Valjean also conspicuously has no romantic pairings, though he does have some significant interactions with women, most notably Fantine and her daughter Cosette. He has no desire to find a partner of his own either as he believes himself thoroughly fulfilled in life so long as his adopted daughter loves him. Even in the backstory the family he provided for was that of his sister's and not his own.
  • Mr. Beebe and Cecil Vyse from E.M. Forster's "A Room With A View."
  • Red Grant from From Russia with Love is classified as asexual in his file. The film version references this by having Grant Ignore the Fan Service.
  • In one of the Spaceforce novels, a character from the elaborately custom-driven Crystal Spires and Togas Taysan Empire is revealed to be asexual, along with the surprising fact that this sexuality is considered taboo in their society. To the extent the young man is blackmailed and Driven to Suicide over it.
  • Demons in the Bartimaeus Trilogy are asexual but certainly are aware that humans are not often asexual. They use this to their advantage as much as they possibly can, distracting or disturbing the magicians who summon them with various attractive forms that may or may not match the spirit's actual gender (insofar as they have one). Bartimaeus remarks at one point in The Ring of Solomon that his repertoire of forms is pretty well nothing but horrible monsters and pretty girls.
  • In Tales of Kolmar, Akhor wondered for most of his life if he was this, but conveniently he ended up having Single-Target Sexuality instead. The mage Vilkas, though, is flat-out uninterested in everyone, once thinking that he probably should sleep with his attractive best friend just to make her happy, but being relieved when she interprets his lack of reaction to being touched as rejection and pulls away.
  • In the short story "You Can't Be Too Careful" by Ruth Rendell, Della Galway is asexual—"no spark of sexual feeling had ever troubled her."
  • "Boss Tweed", the antagonist of The Opiuchi Hotline is asexual and believes that it gives him an advantage in the rough-and-tumble world of Lunar politics. Asexuality in John Varley's Eight Worlds stories is complicated by something most authors don't consider: In a clothing-optional society with Easy Sex Change "none of the above" is always an option, so judging someone's orientation from their configuration is pretty much impossible. At least two characters assume asexuality when they meet people without apparent genitals but both turn out to be wrong. Boss Tweed wears fake genitals just to head off this sort of reputation.
  • Dexter Morgan from Dexter is uninterested in sex, but willing enough to keep his wife, Rita, convinced that he's a normal man.
  • According to "Tale of Ragnar's Sons" (13th century), viking warlord Ivar the Boneless "had no children, because of the way he was: with no lust or love".
  • Tori in R. J. Anderson's Quicksilver has a scene where she comes out as asexual.
  • In The Eyes of the Dragon, King Roland is implied to be this way.
  • M.C.A. Hogarth describes her Mindhealers duology as an "asexual romance story". Vasiht'h is a Glaseah, a species genetically engineered to have very low hormone levels, they usually reproduce by IVF with random donors or close friends (his parents were the latter, but still had twelve kits), and while actual romance is uncommon and sex almost nonexistent they have been known to form strong emotional bonds with either gender on occasion. Vasiht'h's roommate Jahir is an Eldritch, whose culture tries to suppress all sexuality and he has a crush on his cousin, which makes him try even harder at repressing his desires. Despite this Jahir and Vasiht'h become inseparable, to the point of forming a mindline.
  • Nick Pardoner from The Pardoner's Tale is asexual. It's never flat-out stated in the novella, but it's heavily implied.
  • Clariel the titular character of Garth Nix's The Old Kingdom book is a clear cut example. She outright says multiple times she has no interest in boys, girls, or marriage and can barely comprehend other youths her age who can think of nothing else. She's even tried sex a couple of times but really couldn't find the appeal.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Brynden Tully "The Blackfish" has showed no interest in romance. This was a cause of dispute with his brother Lord Hoster Tully, as he wanted Brynden to marry a Redwyne. Some fans believe he is gay, but there is no evidence of this. Another theory suggests he loved someone he couldn't get, such as his brother's wife, but the only real evidence for this is him remembering that his niece Catelyn looks like her mother, which doesn't show romantic interest.
    • Aerys I, who died about 77 years before this story, apparently never consummated his marriage with his wife. It was said "Aerys would sooner bring a book to his bed rather than his wife". Unfortunately this was especially problematic as it meant people were losing their faith in the monarchy during a time when the realm was under serious threat from Aerys' cousins, the Blackfyres, who considered their claim to the throne better. Aerys' lack of children meant when he died the Iron Throne passed to his brother Maekar, who had fathered six children.
  • While no character in the Warchild Series states their sexuality, Jos's narrative makes it very clear he despises sex. Evan even states that his ability to ask about another character's girlfriend is a sign he's improving in his outlook.
  • The titular Eden Green is strongly implied (by herself and her best friend) to be asexual, having never dated or expressed romantic interest in anyone. When an alien needle symbiote takes over her brain and modifies her behavior, she experiences sexual attraction for the first time, with mixed feelings.
  • The Posterchildren:
    • We find out at the end of the first book that one of the main characters, Mal Underwood, is gray-asexual heteroromantic.
    • In the following short stories, The Timely Tales, introduce Ramon Benavente, who is a sex-repulsed aromantic asexual man.
  • April from Stranger And Stranger mentions dating a boy and liking him a lot, but feeling incredibly uncomfortable when he got aroused and dumping him as a result. She also gets uncomfortable when people talk about sex/use sex related language around her.

    Live Action TV 
  • Data in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is portrayed as having no sexual desire, due to him being an android. He participates in sex and attempts a romantic relationship, but this is portrayed as only done to accommodate requests or for the experience rather than a personal drive to do so.
  • Sirens (US): Voo Doo is openly asexual. The main character has a conversation with her about her sexuality, and accepts it as a valid identity. The show continues to have a couple discussions about her asexuality and what that means.
  • The Tick: While the cartoon series skirts the issue, the live action series from 2000-01 sharply juxtaposes the title character against the others as the only one completely free of sexual tension. The Tick's obliviousness to its presence in the people around him causes his sidekick, Arthur, at one point to deliver a tirade, and follow up his outburst with "No offense intended"; The Tick's response is "None comprehended". The actor, Patrick Warburton, who played The Tick, in an interview, said of his character "he doesn't seem to be sexually... motivated". However, according to the comic he has an ex-wife named Cloris. Decades later the details were revealed: Cloris was also a Cloud Cuckoo Lander like the Tick. They met at a costume party and Cloris was convinced that the Tick was just a guy named "Nick" and the two of them got married on a whim. The divorce happened because Cloris, weeks later, couldn't understand why "Nick" refused to take off his costume or become physically intimate with her.
  • Brass Eye: "Well, throughout tonight's program, we've had a naked asexual man up a stick, watching some pornography. Have you reached any conclusions?" *Asexual man shakes his head.* "Well, I hope that's been of some help."
  • Andy Hallett, the actor who played Lorne on Angel, was quoted as saying that while it was never officially established, the character was probably asexual.
  • Shortland Street, a New Zealand hospital drama with an entire arc devoted to Gerald becoming a self-identified asexual and how it affects his relationship with his girlfriend Morgan. The killer is when Gerald mercifully ends the relationship, and Morgan becomes enamored of another asexual man.
  • Rose from The Golden Girls never thought about sex before she was married. When her husband wanted to have sex for the first time, she didn't really understand sexual desire.
  • The Professor from Gilligan's Island is uninterested in sex or romance, and more than once has been oblivious to the charms of the two attractive female fellow castaways. In one episode he admits to Ginger that he never had a romantic interest in anyone.
  • Poppy from the show Huge comes out as asexual to George.
  • Kevin in The Black Donnellys . He's the only brother who does not seem interested in sex of any kind, and a random old dude in the neighborhood, when seeing him with Jenny, gives odds that she's not his girlfriend because he's never seen "a more asexual kid in his life" than Kevin.
  • In Robin Hood, Sam Troughton once stated that he envisioned his character Much as being asexual, even though the writers gave him a couple of Love Interests.
  • In an episode of House, a female patient specifically describes herself and her husband as asexual. It turns out that neither is actually asexual; the husband has a tumor that gave him low libido and erectile dysfunction, and the wife lied in order to be with him.
  • Community—in "Regional Holiday Music", glee club captain Mister Radisson is insistent on the study group doing the Christmas pageant, but they're actively resisting—Jeff citing the guy's 'aggressive asexuality'.
  • Game of Thrones: Varys claims to have been asexual even before he got castrated. He certainly has no interest at present, as he abhors what desire can lead to because so many people lust for power that is has lead to a huge civil war, although it may be his personal rationalization after the fact. It's also worth noting that Varys was a young child at the time of his castration.
  • During his run on The Late Late Show, Craig Kilborn created a character called "Sebastian, the Asexual Icon", whose entire gimmick was a complete disdain for any form of sexual activity or innuendo whatsoever. He also talks frequently of his lack of (functioning) genitals.
  • In the Masters of Horror episode "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road", the albino serial killer Moonface is not interested in "sexual things" according to his longtime and crazed prisoner Buddy. He just enjoys inflicting pain.
  • The Walking Dead creators have described Daryl as "somewhat asexual".
  • According to Word of God, Father Noel Furlong (better known as the character played by Graham Norton) in Father Ted is asexual.
  • Joan questions if Sherlock Holmes is asexual early in Elementary but decides otherwise. He has a noticeable sex life and is just more interested in things other than romance. After his love Irene turns out to be the Big Bad Jamie Moriarty, Sherlock becomes turned off from being in romantic relationships.
  • Zig-Zagged with the Goa'uld in Stargate SG-1. While the symbiote itself is asexualnote , the human host is not, and free-willed Tok'ra hosts can and do have romantic relationships, such as Martouf, host of Lantash, and Rosha, host of Jolinar (whose death and memory transfer to Samantha Carter in "In the Line of Duty" led to a two-way attraction between them). Goa'uld symbiotes dominate their hosts instead of partnering with them as with Tok'ra and are fully asexual, only using sex on occasion as a way of breeding better hosts.

    Music 
  • This song is all about asexual people… who don't want to touch butts.
  • Victoria Wood's song 'Pam' is about a woman who 'couldn't give a beggar on the whole sex front', despite the best efforts of various lovers (of both genders).

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Zonker in Doonesbury has consistently been portrayed as avoiding romantic or physical attachments to the opposite sex like the plague, partly from fear and partly out of his immaturity and naivete. He had one sustained platonic dating relationship with a woman who, in one strip, humorously demonstrated to Mike and J.J. how even her most blatant and obvious "come on" lines flew over Zonker's head and didn't even register. ("It's like dating an elf!")

    Religion 
  • Jesus' teachings in the Gospels about those resurrected will "neither marry nor be given in marriage, but will be like the angels in heaven", possibly indicating that resurrected believers would not only not be able to reproduce, but will also not even have the desire for sexual intercourse. This is sometimes used by Bible students to argue the case that the "sons of God" in Genesis chapter 6 could not be angels, but rather be the children of Seth's lineage marrying those of Cain's lineage (the "daughters of men"). It could also be an reference to the idea that each and every angel was created as an unique act of creation by God. So likewise those who are worthy of resurrection will also each be an unique act of (re)creation by God. The arrangement of marriage was given to Adam and Eve and their descendants. These recreated humans are not really Adam's descendants in the biological sense as they where given life directly by God, not through Adam.
  • Paul of Tarsus was also asexual apparently, given that in one of his letters he wishes that all people were like he was, lacking sexual desire, and lauding the arrangement after the resurrection laid out above. He recognized the reality of things, however, and said that if people could not control their sexual desires it was best that they married. Second best to celibacy, mind you.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Space Marines in Warhammer 40,000 (depending on what you treat as Canon) are this; most have no interest in such after the hypnosis, chem treatment, and indoctrination that leaves little desire but for glory and success. The roleplaying games Dark Heresy and Rogue Trader both include the Chem Geld trait (Deathwatch also has it, but there is no way for a Space Marine to actually acquire it during gameplay except as an Elite Advance), which renders your character this. Many psykers start the game with it as part of their background package. The Space Wolves are an exception, being hard-partying Vikings refusing the highly-monastic official Space Marine cult they still retain all their human appetite including sexual ones, cranked Up to Eleven by their superhuman physique. And let's not get started with Slaaneshi cults among the Chaos Space Marines.
  • The Computer of Paranoia ensures all Alpha Complex citizens are asexual through mandatory hormone suppressants (creating them via cloning instead). Occasionally individuals learn to counteract the drugs, or hide the fact they aren't taking them, or end up on an extended mission Outside of the complex, and Hilarity Ensues.
  • In BattleTech, Clan warriors live by this. For them a proper warrior is a Trueborn warrior who is artificially grown in an iron womb; they mostly consider sex as a mere pastime thing, and romantic relationships mean little to them. For them a regular Freeborn is worth less than a Trueborn who are only fit for civilian roles.

    Theater 
  • In the Mrs. Hawking play series, titular character Victoria Hawking is, according to Word of God, an aromantic asexual. This is in direct opposition to how she was obliged to get married.

    Video Games 
  • Metal Gear Solid
    • Psycho Mantis, who expresses a general disdain of sexuality. And, being a mind reader, is somewhat disgusted to find how often people think of it. Played with and Flanderized in The Last Days of FOXHOUND, where Mantis is not only disgusted by sexuality, but females as a whole (going so far as to vigorously scrub any area a woman touches with a special soap). He also calls certain women (like Sniper Wolf) "Slutbucket". Though, specifically, it is the desire for procreation that disgusts him, not the desire for sex in and of itself, calling it (procreation) a "selfish and atavistic desire" that leads to war, and being horrified that nearly every living thing on the planet has been programmed by nature to want it, since from his point of view that means everything is a mindless drone. He might be speaking in broader terms as it being a symptom of a desire for immortality through ones works or children, since he thinks that he and Snake are Not So Different because they "have no past, no future. We live in the moment. Thats our only purpose.", and is somewhat relieved that Snake is unlike others in this regard.
    • Invoked with Meryl. When Snake is hitting on her, she claims that she's had psychological conditioning to suppress romantic feelings and sexuality. Either she was lying to get him to back off or they didn't do a very good job, considering she hooks up with him in the end, suggesting romantic feelings at least.
    • Snake himself has been sterile from birth and, while he does interact with women on missions, he always seems more focused on the mission than them. Any time he does hook up with a women he's back to being single again in the next game with things implied to have gone badly. His behavior is also contrasted heavily with his hetro (or bisexual) father Big Boss who freely check women out and has more blatant sexual encounters.
  • Appearing in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire onwards, Legendary Pokémon who are not genderless are nevertheless uninterested in breeding at the Day Care with anyone. Examples: Latias; Latios; Heatran. In other Pokemon-related media, there are examples of legendaries having offspring (including genderless ones like Lugia), but it is rarely ever touched upon otherwise.
  • Hitman:
    • Agent 47 is normally portrayed to be asexual, though there are some good reasons—number one, he is a clone engineered to be the perfect killer, and two—he has almost no social interactions with anyone at all except for Diana. Of note is a scene in the first game in which 47 rescues a Chinese prostitute from a brothel in Hong Kong. When thanking him, she kisses him goodbye—to which he actually recoils in disgust.
    • Interestingly, in Contracts, which consists of 47's flashbacks of past missions, addled quite a bit with his own subconscious, his reaction to the prostitute's kiss is a pleased grin, which is the only time he is seen smiling. So perhaps he's not asexual, but simply too socially awkward to show his sexual side. He also rarely receives any gratitude for his work, for obvious reasons. It may be that he is just pleased to receive some positive human interaction, or it could be both.
    • In the film, however, he is not so much grossed out by sex as he is simply disinterested. When the Hooker with a Heart of Gold tries making time with 47 at one point, he calmly sticks her in the neck with a sedative and quietly returns to his business.
  • The salarians in Mass Effect are an entire species of asexuals. They have no comprehension of romantic love, sexual attraction or even the biological impulses (ie: arousal). Sexuality is not hormone-based and is strictly for reproduction; they negotiate contracts around it and attaining a good contract is a high priority for males, but this is out of familial and social duty. Salarians also reproduce by laying eggs, some of which are fertilized afterwards by the males (males hatch from unfertilized eggs, females hatched from fertilized ones). A sex drive isn't really needed when there's most likely not even a female in the room at the time. Despite this, some salarians are still affected by the asari (who are implied to have the power to induce If It's You, It's Okay in anyone regardless of their sexual orientation within their own species); one of them is profoundly affected by watching Thane Krios; and Mordin, who gets hit on constantly and assumes Shepard is doing the same, lets them down gently by saying that if he wanted to try human, he'd try Shepard (regardless of whether Shepard is a man or a woman). A very memorable overheard conversation between a salarian and his asari daughter does show that they can form long-term deeper bonds, but asari reproduction doesn't need to involve sex. Further evidence of their capacity for affection can be found in Mass Effect 3, in which several salarian extras on the Citadel can be seen visibly comforting a few human women and asari.
  • Demons in World of Warcraft, save the succubi, were once noted to have no particular interest in sex.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Shale is repulsed by the very idea of sex, with its exchange of bodily fluids, which is played out in an conversation with Zevran if you have them both in an active party. Zevran being the horny fellow that he is, has a hard time contemplating the idea of anyone not being interested, and thinks Shale is in denial. Somewhat reinforce with Shale's accidental confession that she enjoys watching Sten and his muscles in battle.
    • Cole, in the third game is a completely asexual character, being a naive spirit/demon in human form. The Iron Bull tries to get him to sleep with a sex worker, a plan which falls flat on its face when Cole instead decides to help her solve her life problems, departing with him as a friend. Despite what other characters (and many fans) assume, however, his narration in Asunder highlights that he does know what sex is, so his lack of interest doesn't stem from ignorance.

      If you get enough influence to unlock his personal mission you will get a choice whether Cole becomes more a spirit or human. If you pick more human then he will actually get a budding sexuality. Play on into the Trespasser DLC and he will actually start a romance with with the bard Maryden. If he's more a spirit at this point he'll start nudging people towards Maryden, but won't display any personal interest at all.
    • While the romances aren't obligatory, and thus all three protagonists can be portrayed this way, The Inquisitor can actually be played as being asexual but not aromantic, depending on who they romance. While many of the romances are very obviously sexual in nature—Sera and The Iron Bull in particular—there are romances that subvert that and can therefore be interpreted as non-sexual relationships, for players who would prefer this. No sex scenes are depicted with Josephine or Solas (leading some people to believe that they could be asexual as well), and when propositioned by Dorian, there is the option to insist that things are going too fast and the Inquisitor would prefer to romantically commit himself to Dorian first. Fem!Hawke can also be played like this if she romances Sebastian Vale, due to him being a Chaste Hero—however, all of The Warden's romances and the rest of Hawke's all make it very clear that their relationships are sexual as well as romantic.
    • The Warden can be played as asexual with Zevran if you turn down his offer of a "massage" by saying you're not sure. In fact, if the Warden romances Zevran but marries Alistair the game remembers whether or not the Warden and Zevran have had sex and gives one of two possible conversations based on that.
  • Razah from the Guild Wars MMO could be considered aromantic. He doesn't understand the complexities of human emotions like love and probably wouldn't be interested in relationships other than friendships. Also, he was created out of the Mists without genitalia or a belly button, which might be intended to indicate that he doesn't have any sexual desires.
  • Suggested with Virginia in Magical Diary—she repeatedly insists she's not interested that way in anyone, male or female. Even if you manage to enter into a romantic relationship with her (which isn't easy), at the end it comes out that she'd really rather just cuddle.
  • The player character, Yuuichi, from Wanko To Kurasou.
  • Teagan from Uncommon Time. It's heavily implied early on when Alto comments that she's "just not interested" in visiting brothels, and is explicitly confirmed at the end of the game when Alto forces her to out herself to avoid getting roped into another one of Meirin's brothel parties. She takes it to the extreme, too; she seems upset even by the idea of other people having sex, which has led to conflict between her and her brother Tristan, who is a prostitute. Weirdly, Alto describes Teagan at one point as "one of those people that thinks just because she's grossed out by sex and love and stuff, no one else is allowed to do either," implying that the developer (or at least Alto) thinks all asexuals are like Teagan.
  • The Cybernetic Consciousness from Alpha Centauri.
  • Guenevere can be played as an aromantic asexual, with no interest in any of the available love interests, or cultivate a romance with any (or all) of them while still identifying in asexual terms, and remain a Chastity Couple if she so chooses.
  • Batman: Arkham Knight depicts the Riddler as this, showing disgust at human relationships, including Batman and Catwoman's unique relationship.

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • Evan from EverymanHYBRID has stated on his personal blog that the character of HABIT does not have sexual urges.
  • In the web-novel Fragile, Severin is asexual (although not aromantic, as the story is about him falling in love). We find out in its sequel, Perpetual Change, that it may be the result of being sexually abused by his sadistic aunt as a child. One of the other characters in the story, Helen, turns out to be asexual as well (and aromantic too, according to her).
  • Hestia in Thalia's Musings. Artemis as well, but she's secretly in love with Athena.
  • Several over the past seasons of Survival of the Fittest: Kristey Burrowell, Adrian Staib, Remi Pierce, and Aston Bennett are all the most notable examples.
  • The main character of the web series Chapel seems to be. Discussed and confirmed in "Handcuffed."
    Butch: So, do you… like girls?
    Chapel: I don't like anybody, man!
  • The Host from Sex House claims to be this, although he may have just said it because Alex was coming onto him particularly strongly.
  • The vlogger who posts Tales Of A Homoromantic Ace is, well, a homoromantic ace (asexual).
  • Tattletale from Worm is functionally asexual—her powers give her an information overload during sex, so she can't get any enjoyment from it.
  • Taylor from Ze Zombie identifies as this.
  • Kelsey in City of Angles has been confirmed by Word of God to be somewhere on the asexual spectrum. She has a mostly sexless romantic relationship with her boyfriend, although she is sometimes sexually attracted to him.
  • Mr. Enter listed 13 of Random Facts About (Himself) as being this.
  • Cracked has the article, "6 Weird Ways the World Looks Different When You're Asexual".
  • Several characters of the Whateley Universe stories
    • Tenyo is strongly implied to not be attracted to humans anymore due to the nature of their transformation. They are still is interested in emotional connection however.
    • Their best friend and roommate, Jade, has no sense of sexual attraction for different reasons: biologically she is frozen in a prepubescent state, and much of her subjective experience is as conscious psychokinetic constructs incapable of emotion at all due to lacking glands. She still forms a romantic attachment to Thuban however, and has a strong and complicated relationship with Tenyo. Whether their connection is romantic on her end or not, she definitely demonstrates Yandere tendencies about them. Further complicated when one such construct first has sex with Sara Waite (apparently Jade was curious and Sara's nature made attraction possible) and then later was separated from Jade and transformed via curse into something like a succubus. Jade's sexuality is, as most things about her, rather complicated.
  • In The March Family Letters, the Setting Update of Little Women, Beth is directly confirmed to be asexual, and also hinted to be aromantic (though Jo isn't completely convinced of that last part).

    Western Animation 
  • SpongeBob SquarePants's creator Stephen Hillenburg said he considers his characters almost asexual when asked if Spongebob and Patrick were gay. Sponges can reproduce by budding and Stephen Hillenburg is a marine biologist, so he was probably playing on the dual meaning of the term.note 
    • The fact that sponges can reproduce by budding was actually mentioned in one episode, and Spongebob produced several "babies" on the spot. This was simply a throwaway joke, though.
  • Futurama had an episode in which the characters were turned into asexuals (both in biology and orientation). While Hermes and La Barbara were shown still in a loving marriage, they felt no need to have sex - until they abruptly remembered how good sex made them feel.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Word of God states that Mayor Jones's love of treasure has turned him into this.
  • Steven Universe:
    • According to Word of God, the Crystal Gems have No Biological Sex (though besides Steven, all the gems seen so have had been female in form and personality), and normally don't reproduce at all (with what Rose Quartz did to produce Steven being highly unusual). This makes sense, since they're living crystals, though they can still form romantic relationships among themselves.
    • Garnet has no desire to ever be in a romantic relationship. Which is understandable, given that her component gems are in a very committed relationship with each other, and "three's a crowd".
  • Bojack Horseman: Toddcomes out to his high-school sweetheart, Emily, in a diner during the season three finale. He tells her "I’m not gay. I mean, I don’t think I am, but… I don’t think I’m straight, either. I don’t know what I am. I think I might be nothing."

Alternative Title(s): Asexual, Sex Is Boring

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Asexuality?from=Main.Asexual