aka: The Leisure Suit Larry
"Is heaven missing an angel? 'Cause you got nice cans!"
He wants to be The Casanova
, but he fails horribly. Maybe it's the polyester suit. Or the gold medallion around his neck. Or the phony "hey babe". Or the obvious hair plugs. Whatever it is, though, the girls see it from a mile away and give him a wide berth.
Sometimes the Casanova Wannabe talks
a great game. He may have all his friends convinced that he's the original ladies' man and that his bed is never cold
. But the truth is, he still hasn't done it (or, if not, has only had bought-and-paid-for sex. Once. Which will be revealed in a pathetic and embarrassing tearful and/or drunken confession). The women can see the blinking neon "loser" sign bolted to his receding hairline a mile away. He clearly wants to prove his manhood
, via Sex as Rite-of-Passage
, but hasn't managed it yet. If he has a job, it's likely as a Lounge Lizard
Generally he's bound to succeed once or twice, by law of averages if nothing else. These relationships usually don't last long.
See also Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places
— the two character types complement each other and sometimes overlap. Also Handsome Lech
, who is this same character with the plus of being attractive (but still with no luck, and even less of a clue).
Compare Nerds Are Virgins
and Extraverted Nerd
. Contrast Kavorka Man
, Even the Guys Want Him
. For a female version, see Abhorrent Admirer
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- The Brad in this Smirnoff Ice Triple Black commercial.
Anime and Manga
- Viz (the comic book, not the Anime distributor) gives us Sid the Sexist, who, while not wearing a leisure suit, is very much a virgin despite his claims to the contrary and his attempts to change that situation. His friends could also possibly come under the same category - while they have occasionally been shown having success with women, usually they appear to look up to Sid for his 'studliness'. One strip even featured the brother of one of Sid's friends, who wore a leisure suit and claimed to be a massive hit with the ladies. Sid attempts to one-up him by getting several love bites - with the aid of a bicycle pump. He is, of course, caught and mocked by his friends. But then the last panel shows the friend's brother, alone in a tiny bedroom, doing the same trick, surrounded by porn magazines, used tissues, inflatable dolls and other sexual paraphernalia, making him possibly the only character to have ever been made to look even more pathetic and lonely than Sid in the strip.
- From Superman: WGBS and Daily Planet sports reporter Steve Lombard, especially in All-Star Superman.
- Jonny Kizinski from Knights of the Dinner Table. Jonny is actually married, but that doesn't stop him from hitting on every female gamer to cross his path (and failing miserably).
- One of Rudi's buddies is the most obnoxious one you can think of. Sometimes however he is successful.
- Jon from Garfield, although he finally had success with Liz, after 28 years.
- Dean the pig from Liberty Meadows, where all the animals are anthropopathic, if not anthropomorphic.
- Fillmore from Sherman's Lagoon goes to mating season every year at Ascension Island and consistently fails horribly.
- Steve Dallas from Bloom County, who apparently thinks a box of obscenely-shaped chocolates will win a woman's heart (or at least get her to sleep with him). Though apparently he did eventually have sex with a woman, as his son Augie shows up in the sequel comic Opus.
- Nate Wright, the titular character from Big Nate is a Kid-anova Wannabe. His combination of utter cluelessness and unwaning self-confidence when it comes to girls is a central theme in the comic.
- 'Spit' Murphy from Footrot Flats.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- Demian: Emil Sinclair from Hermann Hesse's novel arguably fits this, as he talks the talk, but actually the only move he made was a crush on a store keeper. That happened during his school days. Later, he did have a brief romance...to his best friend Max Demian's mom. They actually even kissed, but that's it.
- Carlos Ramirez from The Dresden Files fits this. He's a young, somewhat cocky, warden who is constantly bragging about his sexual exploits. None of which have ever happened, seeing that he's a virgin. Revealed hilariously by Lara Raith.
- In Tim Dorsey's books about Serge Storms, a minor character is Johnny Vegas, who is handsome, wealthy, fun to be with...and cursed never to lose his virginity. He is always just about to, when circumstances (often caused by Serge) intervene.
- Marco from Animorphs is a particularly young version of this.
- In AuctionKings, Jamie loves to make passes at Cindy. She is generally unimpressed.
- In Smallville, Bart, who hit on Chloe twice, with the second time failing especially spectacularly.
- Jay on Herman's Head, but Jay is also Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places.
- Larry Dallas of Three's Company is named Larry and may even be the inspiration for the computer game, but had too much (read: more than one) actual success with the ladies to really exemplify the trope. Mr. Furley probably qualifies though.
- Howard Wolowitz from The Big Bang Theory embodies this trope to a full 100%.
- Herb Tarlek of WKRP in Cincinnati is on the fringe of Larry-dom since he's married and has kids. However, he does have the bad suit, attitude, and lack of success necessary to play the part.
- The Young Ones: Mike, the self-proclaimed stud, was revealed in one episode to be a virgin. But given the show's Negative Continuity it's hard to say whether that really counts.
- Murdock tries this in an episode of The A-Team when Face briefly leaves the team. Keyword, tries.
- The Todd from Scrubs may be the ultimate Casanova Wannabe, especially after he comes to terms with his bisexuality. And possible anything-sexuality:
The Todd: Whoa, these are hot. [referring to two pieces of broccoli]
Turk: Please tell me you mean temperature-wise, because there's no way you could find broccoli sexy.
The Todd: Oh yeah, temperature-wise... and miniature-green-boobs-wise! [rubs his face between the two heads of broccoli]
- Col in The Adventures of Lano and Woodley .
- Bud Bundy from Married... with Children.
- This is debatable however. As Ted McGinley points out in the Reunion Special: "Bud was pretty successful because he had the greatest looking girls, week to week." This just isn't acknowledged in the series because of its Negative Continuity. It's just his success rate that's low, which isn't surprising considering he tries to get some in every episode.
- In an episode where Al and Peggy split up, Al and his buddies tried to hit the club scene. Al got a makeover and became the definition of Casanova Wannabe. He also got a prosthetic ass.
- Julian Bashir of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
- He has had notable success, perhaps too much to be considered the Cananova Wannabe; besides the Daxii, there's a long but not deep relationship with Leeta, and briefer affairs with the mute genius girl and that weightless chick.
- Dr. Zimmerman, inventor of the Holodoc, certainly qualifies in his appearance on Deep Space Nine.
- Jay from the British cult sitcom The Inbetweeners, who makes near-constant boasts about his sexual expertise despite his obvious virginity. Jay a bit of a vague case, though, as he rarely ever talks to girls. He apparently prefers to brag to his male friends about his exploits instead. But when he does try to chat up girls, they don't usually seem interested (except for Chloe).
- Will alternates between this and Kavorka Man. He does score with Charlotte - the school's most popular girl - and his hot, former babysitter, but he screws up before any of them manages to take his virginity. And when he tries to pull a nice and down-to-earth girl, Lauren, he fails spectacularly, especially by trying to imitate Yoda. He doesn't have much luck with Rachel either as he, according to the guy Rachel flirts with instead, "talks like they do in old movies".
- Subverted on Burn Notice - even though Sam acts, dresses and looks like an archetypal Cananova Wannabe, he's actually successful with the ladies, although he uses his charms to woo rich divorced housewives who buy him nice stuff.
- The two guys that Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell played in the Butabi Brothers sketches on Saturday Night Live. In the awful movie, A Night at the Roxbury, they were named Doug and Steve Butabi. Other examples of a Cananova Wannabe on Saturday Night Live include:
- Christopher Walken's "The Continental"
- Chris Parnell's "Merv the Perv" (who also had a brother played by Johnny Knoxville named "Irv the Perv")
- The Woman Watchers (played by frequent host Tom Hanks and cast member Jon Lovitz, from the mid-1980s SNL)
- The original "Two Wild And Crazy Guys!" (also played by a cast member and a frequent SNL host, only this time, it's Dan Aykroyd [the cast member] and Steve Martin [the frequent host])
- Subverted with Larry (hmm, Shout-Out?) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who displays this behavior for a while, only to have it revealed that it's all an act, and he's actually gay. After he comes out to Xander (in private) he drops the act, though he is never seen to come out publicly on-screen.
- Buffy also toyed with the idea in "Teacher's Pet"; one of the victims was very embarrassed when told that the mantis only attacked virgins.
- Yo soy Betty, la fea provides us with two: Nicol Ăˇs Mora, nerd extraordinaire and self-assumed ugly, who nonetheless still tries to hit on pretty girls and constantly woo Patricia Fernandez; and Freddy, the motorized messenger of Ecomoda, who, while better looking (and best dressed) than Nicol Ăˇs, still exudes a big "loser" aura. Freddy manages to have an on-off relationship with Aura Maria, the hot receptionist of the company, but he inadvertently and constantly ruins any progress he does with her thanks to his misguided flirting towards the models who flood the place.
- Kirk St. Moritz (a.k.a. Eric Morris) from Dear John.
- On How I Met Your Mother Barney flips back and forth between this and The Casanova, with a bit of Handsome Lech thrown in. On the one hand, he is quite handsome, dresses in legitimately stylish suits, and the notches on his bedpost are well into the triple digits. However, a lot of his pickup attempts can be pretty darn cheesy, it's clear that he's not always truthful about his sexual conquests, and, since the entire series is a story told by a potentially Unreliable Narrator, separating the lies from the truth isn't so easy.
- At one point, Marshall actually calculates that, given the number of women Barney's slept with, compared to the sheer number of women he hits on, his success rate is actually only a little over 1%, despite having slept with more people than the rest of the main characters combined.
- Tom Haverford from Parks and Recreation is a special case. In the first season he tells the documentary crew that he and his wife have an open marriage and that they're both disappointed he's not a more successful adulterer. His utter failures to pick up women are often shown. In the second season, Ron learns that Tom's wife is Canadian, and only married him to stay in the country.
- His buddy Jean-Ralphio qualifies as well.
- Friends: Played with with Chandler. He teases Ross who is desperate to get married again, envies Joey for being The Casanova, tries for a few one night stands himself and has Commitment Issues. However even early episodes have him ending no-strings-attached sex because he wants a relationship, and trying to keep a steady girlfriend. Most of his Commitment Issues stem from fear of being hurt, rather than wanting to play the board, and he's ten times happier after falling in love with Monica and being the first of the guys to get married.
- Jackson Stewart of Hannah Montana has tried every cheesy pickup line and hare-brained scheme in the book to get girls. Mild subversion in that he has a fair amount of success, but rarely makes it past the first date.
- Evan Lawson of Royal Pains is an inveterate Cananova Wannabe.
- Jerry Robinson of The Bob Newhart Show is kind of a mild version of this.
- Stanley Tweedle of Lexx.
- Henry and Dave compete for the title in Drop the Dead Donkey. Henry is closer, though, probably because he turns 60 during the series' run and Dave is supposed to be in his early to mid thirties.
- Richard Richard in Bottom is a particularly obnoxious example.
- Mr. Lucas from Are You Being Served? fits this trope. Despite being good looking and always claiming to be lucky with the ladies, he never seems to have much luck with them on the actual show.
- Nathan from Misfits tries to chat up virtually every girl he meets, with very limited success. And when it does work, something usually goes spectacularly, mind-bogglingly wrong - e.g. one of his love interests is revealed to be an 82-year-old in disguise, mid-coitus. But most girls just seem disgusted with him on sight and immediately ignore or reject him. That said, he's undoubtedly only a Cananova Wannabe in-universe - among the fans he's easily the most popular and lusted-after character on the show, despite his obnoxious personality.
- Manny from Modern Family is a Kida Nova wannabe.
- Pierce from Community obnoxious attempts to hit on Shirley and to a lesser extent other female students. However, the audience is shown he is a skilled seducer when he needs to be.
- Whenever Winston Rothchild plays the Possum Lodge Word Game on The Red Green Show, Red gets the correct answer out of him by mentioning one of his past dates. Winston's words, for the record, are usually along the lines of "disaster" (in fact, that was one of his words).
- Ethan, Benny, and Rory from My Babysitter's a Vampire and HOW. Every episode has multiple examples of their romantic failure. (Though in his defense Ethan is no where near as bad as Benny, and Benny in turn isn't as bad as Rory.)
- Bobby Lee’s character Tank, from Mad TV, is a clear example. Despite his many elaborate attempts to score with women, he remains a virgin.
- Paramedic John Gage on Emergency! gets teased for being this by Fireman Chet Kelly who doesn't seem to do any better with women.
- Cabbage Head on The Kids in the Hall.
- Dwayne Schneider on One Day At A Time.
- Scandal: Stephen, though he seems to have mostly settled down. He still has an interesting past.
- A Mr. Show sketch, has Lyle, one of the scientists living in the biosphere. On New Year's Eve, he tries asking out all the women, who all reject him. Seems like he's gonna be alone on New Year's . . . until he gets a visit from his step-Fairy Godmother.
- Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Zig-Zagged with Dennis Reynolds. Sometimes he's good with the ladies, other times he's this trope. Both reactions are justified because he has been able to function socially more than the rest of the gang which isn't saying much. However he also has been shown to be the most depraved member of the gang and has little understanding of human relationships. He also gets mistaken for a gay man when he hits on a married woman by gossiping about her husband and wearing make-up and a girdle. On a dating website, he gets 0 Stars.
- The Creep by the Lonely Island has several.
- Also Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake in the Dick in a Box, Motherlover, and Threeway videos, right up to the polyester suits and gold neck chains.
- "We Need Love" is a brutal parody of this trope.
- Sonic Youth's "Swimsuit Issue" is about a guy from Geffen Records who annoyed the band by acting like this.
- The title character of "My Name Is Eugene" by Crazy Joe & the Variable Speed Band.
- A common character type in pro wrestling; WWE's Zack Ryder is the most visible example at the moment. A gullible, self-absorbed, outspoken loser, Ryder will often pick up and lose a Diva escort over the course of a show.
- WWE tried to give Dean Malenko a ladies' man gimmick after the Radicalz broke up, but he was too short and too old to be believable in the role.
- Joey Ryan's most notable gimmick was that of sleazy lecherous creep with a Pornstache and Carpet of Virility who acted like he was pulled right out of the 70s.
- The Cashier in The Most Happy Fella unsubtly announces his eligibility to the waitresses. The heroine makes her first entrance in the show by rejecting his advances violently.
- Despite his claims of prowess with the "lady-types", Strong Bad from Homestar Runner is definitely a Cananova Wannabe. In one e-mail, he slips, and admits "I don't really know anything about the ladies either... I mean I do! I mean... WHGT! JGTH! YES I'M AWESOME!"
- Tucker from Red vs. Blue is a shining example of this trope. Unfortunately, the only women he sees on a regular basis are ruthless super soldiers who would kill you as soon as look at you. In fact, the only action he gets during the story is with Grif's sister (or so he claims) and an alien. The latter, it should be noted, was non-consensual. For Tucker.
- Neomutant from "TOME" is said on the TOME Character page to fancy himself as being charismatic. Though if his success with Flamegirl is anything to go off of, right down to scaring her straight into the arms of her love interest Alpha, he is far, far, far from successful as a Casinova.
- Jaune flirts with most pretty girls he meets, particularly Weiss Schnee, who can't stand him. He mentions that he's just following his father's advice to show confidence and doesn't understand why it doesn't work. He genuinely does fall for her, however.
- Neptune has worked very hard to build a "cool dude" persona that includes hitting on every pretty girl he meets. Yang doesn't seem to notice his appreciation of her, Melanie and Miltia dismiss his approach entirely, but Weiss is impressed by him, much to Jaune's disbelief, as Neptune's moves on Weiss were actually the same as Jaune's. Neptune eventually admits to Jaune that he's hiding a completely dorky interior which puts him off pursuing Weiss more seriously. Jaune sets him straight, giving up his own attempt to woo Weiss in the process.
- James Ironwood has been friends with Ozpin and Glynda for a very long time and immediately flirts with Glynda when the trio meet. She dismisses him sarcastically and stalks out of the room. At the school dance, he asks her for a dance, but she rolls her eyes at him. Only when she spots Ozpin nodding his permission, does she agree. A short time later, Ironwood leaves the party early, seen off by Ozpin and with no Glynda in sight. Mercury and Emerald cattily comment that he's leaving because he's had enough fun for one night.
- Valentin from Noob regularly tries to pick up women with extremely cliched pick-up lines the second he meets them and continues trying when they show to not be interested. Laser-Guided Karma has hit him both in the webseries and novel version via the story being set in a MMORPG in which Cross Playing isn't unheared of.
- Johnny Bravo is built wholly from this trope.
- It is implied that Homer Simpson from The Simpsons was like this before he met Marge, as evidenced by the time Lisa wanted advice on how to tell a guy you aren't interested:
Homer: Let me handle this Marge, I've heard them all. "I like you as a friend", "I think we should see other people", "I no speak English", "I'm married to the sea", "I don't want to kill you, but I will..."
- Disco Bear from Happy Tree Friends. Obviously the best example on the show.
- Eddy from Ed, Edd n Eddy fits this trope superbly in several episodes, right down to the leisure suit and the gold medallion.
- Ditto for Quagmire from Family Guy, who manages a good deal of success, but he's also failed enough times to not only develop an immunity to mace, but also to be able to tell different types of mace apart.
- Brian is also this, usually with more failures. Not only he acts like a tool just to impress women, he's also known to date really stupid women so he can feel smarter than them and have an easier time to get in their pants, along with hitting on Lois several times. He has been called out on this as well.
- Like Quagmire above, Boomhauer from King of the Hill is a partial example: he manages to have sex with lots of women, but one episode reveals that his method is to just hit on every woman he can find, usually with lame pick-up lines, until he finds one that will give him the time of day. Bobby points this out to him, but Boomhauer's basic philosophy apparently is that one shouldn't let rejection get you down, though one episode had Boomhauer fall in love with a woman who only saw Boomhauer as a one-night stand and rejected his offer to marry her; man, he was dang ol' devastated, tell you what.
- Martin Tubbs in W.I.T.C.H. - in the episode "H is for Hunted", he goes as far as to wear a leisure suit in an attempt to impress Irma.
- Whenever Dr. Thaddeus S. "Rusty" Venture of The Venture Bros. breaks out the hairpiece and polyester vest, you know you're in for a night of "Rusty's back!", despite the fact that he was never there. He's not a virgin - he wouldn't have sons if he was - but he sure acts like it. Of his two known sexual encounters, neither was exactly healthy.
- Though he hasn't gotten laid in nineteen years.
- Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. His schemes range from desperate to disturbed.
- Shake is quite similar, to the extent that he vastly overestimates his own sex appeal. Oddly enough, Frylock has accidentally given himself away, a few times, as depressingly incompetent with women even when Shake and Meatwad aren't around to kill the moment.
- Looney Tunes: Pepe Le Pew, with the joke being that his mates tend to be cats with stripes painted on them, some rather violent.
- XR from Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. This is funnier because his voice actor is actually named Larry.
- Daria: Charles "Upchuck" Ruttheimer III is Lawndale High's resident Cananova Wannabe.
- Jonesy Garcia from Six Teen.
- Rover from Rover Dangerfield.
- Jamie from Megas XLR. A lot of episodes have him fantisizing about picking up chicks but fails miserably every time. Even Goat the junk-yard owner has better luck than him.
- Stroker from Stroker and Hoop.
- Reef From Stoked. He probably won't even win Finn's love
- Futurama: Zapp Brannigan. He sure acts like a stud. But on first meeting Leela in "Love's Labours Lost in Space" she ends up having pity sex with him; This is later revealed to be his first, and for some time after, only sexual encounter. (The second was something he probably would have liked to forget...)
- Butt-Head from Beavis And Butthead. "Hey baby..."
- Kenny from the Baby Blues animated series.
- Total Drama Island: Cody and to a lesser extent, Harold.
- Ace McCloud of the Centurions.
- Pam from Archer. Ultra-rare female example, although, unlike most male counterparts, she is equal opportunity.
- Fruity from Downtown, much to the annoyance of his best friend Matt, who often has to prevent Fruity from getting both of them into trouble.
- Motor Ed in Kim Possible incessantly puts the moves on Shego, ignoring hints (up to and including plasma blasts) that she's not interested.
- Heath Burns from Monster High definitely qualifies.
If you were a booger, I'd pick you first!
- Odd from Code Lyoko. He claims to be a ladies man, but while he has dated most girls in his age group at Kadic, they all say otherwise. (In fact, the only girls that he can truly call friends are Yumi and Aelita, and neither is a girlfriend in any true sense.) Part of his problem might be the whole "dated two girls at once" thing that Yumi unfortunately took the fall for (due to being in his body at the time).