When a character shapeshifts into an animal, voluntarily or otherwise
, there is a high likelihood that an actual
animal will try to hit on them.
The character may regard their newfound animal admirers as anything from a Dogged Nice Creature
to an Abhorrent Admirer
, depending on their perceptions of the species in question; unlike Black Comedy Rape
, the animal intends no real offense with their advances — the character probably just Smells Sexy
, whether they realize it or not.
While it can be (and often is) Played for Laughs
, it can also be played for all the Fanservice
it is worth, thanks in no small part to Rule 34
: If the character starts viewing the animal as attractive
in return, they might end up hitting on the animal themselves. The consequences of whether or not they can adequately restrain their amorous animal impulses can provide clues to the author's position on the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism
: it could, for example, trap the character in animal form forever
Contrast Shapeshifting Lover
, Interspecies Romance
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Anime & Manga
- In the Darker Than Black bonus episode, Mao (a human trapped in a cat's body) is chased by a female in heat. It's played for laughs à la Abhorrent Admirer, but that doesn't stop fanfic writers from shipping it.
- Inverted in the Sailor Moon S movie, where talking cat Luna falls in love with a human man. At the end of the movie, Luna is transformed into a human herself, and she kisses him shortly before turning back into a cat.
- Averted in the Manga side-story which was turned into the Movie. In the manga version Luna and Artemis both have human forms, as does their daughter Diana (though she retians her ears and tails). It's eventually revealed they're aliens when a villain from their home planet, who appears human, attacks them.
- In Tokyo Mew Mew, when Ichigo accidentally turns into a cat, she gets hit on by a very fat Abhorrent Admirer cat whose lecherous meows are even translated for the reader/viewer. She gets rescued by another more Bishonen-looking cat, with whom she shares an Accidental Kiss. Partially subverted, considering the cat is Ryou, who experimented the transformation ray on himself before turning the girls into Mew Mews.
- In Dragon Ball Z, Captain Ginyu accidentally does a body swap with a frog. One of the first thing that happens to him when left to his own devices is a female frog having the hots for him. She chases Ginyu for the rest of the series — interestingly enough, following Ginyu to different planets when needed.
- In an anime-only episode of Ranma ½, Ryōga Hibiki (who turns into a small black pig when wet) saves an adorable, pink female pig who falls for him. Even after witnessing Ryōga turn back into a human, she still pursues him.
- Inverted in Animal Detectives Kiruminzoo, where a Cat Girl transformed into a real cat to reject the courting of an Abhorrent Admirer cat. Realizing his love interest was much younger than him, he immediately lost interest in her. She was not amused.
- Played with in Fruits Basket. Kyo is possessed by the spirit of the Cat, and thus sometimes turns into one (and can understand their speech). In one scene, a female cat starts "hitting" on him while he's in his human form, and she gets jealous, scratches him, and leaves when he doesn't pay her any attention. It might very well happen to the other Members of the Zodiac, as well, considering that their respective animals are always attracted to their presence (albeit in a spiritual sense rather than a physical/romantic one).
- All the Wolf's Rain wolves look quite gorgeous in their human illusions.
- Timmain in ElfQuest changed into a wolf and deliberately courted a male wolf so she could have a hybrid wolf-elf cub IE, Timmorn, the first Wolfrider. It's implied that she did so in order to tie the elves in with the planet's "gaia" and ensure the elves' survival there.
- An issue of The Mighty Thor has Thor turned into a frog by Loki, and then discovered that the frogs of New York's central park are not only sentient, but have a secret kingdom of their own... and their "princess" was attracted to the transformed god!
- Comet the Super-Horse from Supergirl is a centaur turned horse. He's in love with Supergirl herself, and occasionally dated her while in human form.
Films — Animation
- In Disney's The Sword in the Stone, female squirrels show attraction to Arthur and Merlin while they are transformed. Which results in a Crowning Moment of Funny when Merlin reveals his true self, and a huge Tear Jerker when Arthur's admirer finds out he's really a human.
- In The Incredible Mr Limpet, when the main live-action character turns into a cartoon fish, he ends up falling for another cartoon fish.
- In the Hungarian animated film Willy The Sparrow, there's a mild version: one of the female sparrows seems to be attracted to Willy.
Films — Live-Action
- In the film Stay Tuned, Roy and Helen Knable, after being Trapped in TV Land, end up stuck in a cartoon where they're both mice. Roy says to her "You know for a mouse you look pretty sexy."
- Several variation of the Russian folk joke about the Red October military commander Vasily Chapaev involve him and his orderly spying on the White Guards in the skin of a cow. Chapaev is in the back, and the orderly is in the front. First the Whites offer some hay for the "cow" to eat, and Chapaev forces the orderly to eat hay. Then the Whites bring in a bull, and now it's the orderly's time to gloat...
- Interestingly used in the Discworld book The Fifth Elephant, as Angua the werewolf has Gavin, an actual wolf, as an ex-boyfriend. Since werewolves are a species on the Disc, rather than a curse, it's strongly implied that this shouldn't be considered any odder than having a "dwarf" as a current boyfriend.
- Gaspode also expressed an attraction to her.
- Inverted with Greebo. His natural form is a one-eyed, battle-scarred cat with a legendary temper, but whenever Humanity Ensues he becomes so irresistably handsome that his aura is capable of sexual harassment.
- This is how Belgarath met Poledra in the Belgariad with both in wolf form — she was an actual wolf, who later learned to shapeshift into a human and other animals from him.
- In The Bartimaeus Trilogy, the eponymous djinni is hit-on at one point by a pigeon while in that form.
- An owl on Owl, in Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl.
- Tobias from Animorphs, having been trapped in hawk form, is aproached by a female hawk at one point. Played for Drama rather than for laughs, as Tobias is distressed about retaining his humanity in his new permanent form, and actually considers running away with the female to live as a normal hawk.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, one of the "rules of skinchanging" is not having sex with normal animals when you are "wearing" an animal's body (the other two rules are not eating human flesh while being an animal, and not trying to steal a body from another human being).
Myths & Religion
- While it has some elements of Black Comedy Rape, to the extent he chose to do it, Loki is famous for changing into a mare to seduce a horse.
- And then there's the various creatures (and objects) that Zeus transformed into when seducing mortal women.
- The Childe Ballad The Two Magicians combines this trope with Shapeshifter Showdown as well as Loving Force. The male character basically makes sexual advances towards the female one in all of the forms they turn into, both animals and inanimate objects.
- Exalted, Exalted, Exalted. Especially Lunars, who are often chasing, not chased, so as to create Beastmen.
- In Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, bat familiars will get a crush on Alucard, complete with visible hearts, when he transforms into his bat form.
- At one point in Leather Goddesses Of Phobos, the player is trapped in a cage with a gorilla of the opposite sex. Examining the gorilla results in: "An uglier creature could not possibly exist." Soon, however, a Mad Scientist uses a mind transplant to turn the player into a gorilla. When examining the other gorilla in a cage at this point, the player is told: "Hey, that gorilla ain't bad looking!"
- In Day Of The Tentacle when Laverne disguises herself as a tentacle a guard starts flirting with her. Not enough to neglect his duties, unfortunately.
- There's an interesting "turnabout" in TwoKinds: a seer is using a stray cat as a medium for spying on the heroes (by 'borrowing' the cats eyes), and a friendly (female) dragon decides to lend the heroes a hand... by transforming herself into a cat and 'distracting' the cat long enough for them to get away by boat. The (young, male) seer is suitably flustered by the resulting sensory feedback.
- In Skin Horse, after Tip is bitten by a werewolf, he turns into a small wolf that Sweetheart and the other female talking dogs find very attractive. And some of the males.
- Marena from Keychain of Creation has a few instances of this in her past, being a lunar Exalted.
- In Housepets!, a character involuntarily changed from a human to a Welsh Corgi is said, by another canine character, to have the potential to "be a real ladykiller". Later, said changed character is seen hitting on several female canine characters, albeit under the influence of orange soda.
- It doesn't involve a human, but Looney Tunes' Pepe le Pew's pursuit of a female cat who looks like a skunk following a run-in with some white paint has aspects of this.
- And continued in Tiny Toon Adventures with Fifi Le Fume, who mistakes both Sylvester Expy Furball and Wile E. equivalent Calamity for skunks at some point and pursues them.
- A reverse example happens in an episode of Sheep in the Big City when Sheep wishes to be human only to end up attracting Lady Richington.
- Ben 10: At one point, Ben meets a group of alien heroes, among which is a female Tetraman, the species of his "Fourarms" form. She is clearly attracted to "Fourarms", and while disappointed to find he's really a 10-year-old human, is eager to see him transform into Fourarms again.
- Ben 10: Omniverse: Ben gets this from Princess Attea when he turns into the incursean (humanoid frog alien) named Bullfrag. To his own displeasure, the attraction is mutual when he is Bullfrag.
- Fred Harrington, a Canadian psychologist, recounted an evening spent mimicking wolf howls in Minnesota. Whenever he howled, a lone wolf would howl back from nearby — a little closer each time. He had to call it a night before they came face-to-face, but the next day he found scent markings indicating that a lone adult female had been steadily zeroing in on him. This being February — close to breeding season for wolves — he concluded that he was being "checked out, or [possibly] even courted."