Distracted by My Own Sexy
"Ohh, this is how it all ends. Pond flirting with herself. True love at last."
Describe Distracted by My Own Sexy her- Oh. Well, hel-lo. Aren't I something
Ah... Where was I?
Oh, right. Distracted by My Own Sexy is a subtrope of Distracted by the Sexy
in which a character is distracted from their objective by their own good looks. This often suggests that the character is exceedingly vain
, though there can be other reasons
, usually by looking at themselves in the mirror or another reflective surface.
In literature, this is sometimes used as an As You Know
to introduce how the character looks to the reader. They often stop to consider themselves and how attractive (or unattractive) they are. Expect any given Lemon
to start this way.
While this can often occur in mundane situations, as with the mirror or reflective surface described above, this reaction may be caused by more fantastic reasons (for one thing, said mirror might be cursed
to have this effect
). A person having undergone some type of transformation may stop to admire their new looks
, while Time Travel
or cloning might give characters a chance to eye themselves up in person
Compare Distracted by the Sexy
, where a character's sex appeal distracts others; contrast Rage Against the Reflection
, where characters hate to see their own image. See also Man, I Feel Like a Woman
, where a man is distracted by his own newly gender-swapped sex appeal.
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Anime and Manga
- Asuka from Asuka Hybrid falls victim to this a lot whenever he's doing things in front of the mirror with his gender-bent body.
- Bleach: Although it doesn't happen in the manga, it happens a fair bit in the Anime with Yumichika, leading to one episode where he finds himself having to fight his own clone. After taking a moment to admire himself he firmly requests Ikkaku swap opponents with him precisely because he knows this will be a problem. Ikkaku refuses and, sure enough, Yumichika is defeated having never lifted his sword because he 'can't fight such a beautiful me' whereas his Evil Twin thinks blood is beautiful.
- Episode 1 of Tenchi Muyo! has Ryoko get briefly distracted by her own reflection, telling the mirror "You are one beautiful demon." before getting back to the chase.
- In All Your Base Are Belong To Her, Dawn readily admits to being quite vain, and at one point happily lists her favorite things about her appearance: cute face, tiny waist, pale, perfect skin, long sexy hair, and gorgeous blue-green eyes. While stealing armloads of clothes and jewelry from a high-end boutique which is well-equipped with mirrors, she has trouble keeping her eyes off her reflection—though to be fair this was partly because of her fascination with her newly-acquired Glowing Eyes.
- A Touhou 4koma, in which Suika uses her power to gather mass to give herself large breasts, ends with the memetic line, "Sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of my tits!" (image is SFW, site isn't)
Films — Animated
- The classic Disney example is Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, who pauses while proposing to Belle to check out his reflection in the mirror.
Films — Live-Action
- In American Psycho, during the porn film he's making with two prostitutes, Patrick Bateman manages to get distracted by his own sex appeal. In his defence, he is played by Christian Bale.
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. THAT scene....
- In the RiffTrax for Casino Royale, the guys make fun of Bond's prolonged examination of himself in a new tuxedo by invoking this trope.
Kevin: My God, I'm hot. This tuxedo would look best on the floor! Heh heh. Seriously, though, I'd do me in a heartbeat.
- In the forgettable 1987 teen comedy Party Camp, Brainless Beauty Dyanne acts very turned on by her own breasts when she looks into the girls' locker room mirror. The other girls don't even seem surprised.
- In Batman, a pre-Joker Jack Napier takes a long, loving look in the mirror while preparing to go out. His moll tells him he looks great, and he brushes her off with, "I didn't ask."
- In one of Isaac Asimov's Black Widowers stories, the guest is a man whose specialty is job interviews. He keeps a variety of objects on his desk, and judges people's character by how they interact with those objects. The fashion-conscious Mario Gonzalo asks how he did on his interview, and the guest replies that he never reveals his secrets, but he will mention one thing: "There was a mirror in the room."
- Bishie werewolf crossdresser Markus from the Lonely Werewolf Girl series has gotten stuck in front of a mirror admiring himself a couple of times. Especially if there is a blouse, or a frock for him to try on at the same time.
- Eve falls to an innocent version of this in Paradise Lost: the first thing she sees after being made is her reflection and is captivated by its beauty, then she sees Adam and decides he is not as good looking as her and tries to go back to looking at her reflection. They end up together.
- One of the minor characters in Frank Yerby's Pirate novel The Golden Hawk wore a thick, unkempt beard. When the protagonist, as part of disguising the whole crew, shaved him by force, he was shocked to discover, "I'm right pretty!" (the narration acknowledged that he was, indeed, quite a handsome fellow under all that facial hair) and thereafter he was often seen checking himself out in a mirror.
- The Star Trek short story "The Procrustean Petard" features a device which changes the sex of every member of the Enterprise crew (except for Spock, whose Half-Human Hybrid nature causes him to suffer from Extra Y Extra Violent). Kirk is somewhat taken aback by how hot he finds himself as a woman.
- In The French Lieutenant's Woman, Ernestina Freeman has a rather longish session by the mirror when she admires herself as one of the prettiest girls she knows. She gets a bit aroused and thinks about future sex with Charles, her fiancé. She also feels guilty and thinks that it's inappropriate because she's a Victorian girl.
- In Angelmaker, Edie, a spy, admires herself in the mirror while crossdressing, feeling that it's a shame she can't sleep with herself and that her looks might even interfere with her mission
- Subversion: The Space Trilogy includes a scene where the Un-Man, in Weston's body, tries to teach vanity to the Green Lady by dressing her up in a feather-cloak and holding his shaving-mirror to let her see how beautiful she is, but she eventually grows bored with this and abandons the cloak.
- Hello! Project member Matsuura Aya was accused on several occasions of, and has freely admitted to, being distracted by her own reflection in mirrors while someone was trying talk to her or by monitors when she's on camera.
Mythology and Religion
- In Shinto, Japan's indigenous Religion, this happens to the Sun Goddess Amaterasu, though unlike many other versions of this trope it was a deliberate ruse on the part of the other Gods to get her to leave a cave she was hiding in due to a Heroic BSOD.
- Narcissus from Ovid, making this Older Than Feudalism. He's put under a spell that made him fall in love with his own reflection in a pool of water and stared at it until he wasted away into nothing. Other versions say he was just that damn conceited, or that the curse was a punishment for his pre-existing vanity (this would be where we get the word "narcissist" and its kin - they refer to this guy). Yet other versions speed up his death by having him try to kiss himself, only to fall in and drown. He didn't die as such - Echo, the nymph who had sought him, saved him by turning him into a flower. And now you know why that one kind is called a Narcissus. Echo was cursed to only be able to parrot what others had already said. This is (in one version) how Narcissus fell in love with his reflection - upon seeing it, he said "I love you", prompting her to gladly do the same... but he thought it was his image saying it.
- Dungeons & Dragons: Dragon magazine #50 had an artifact called Barlithian's Mirror. One day its owner woke up and found several monsters vainly admiring themselves in the Mirror.
- Toreador-clan vampires in Vampire: The Masquerade. Their clan weakness is that they're easily entranced by anything beautiful, including themselves.
- In Warhammer, there is Sigvald the Magnificent, a champion of Slaanesh. He wears a magic armor of solid gold, and his retinue has mirrored shields so he can watch his reflection during the battle. (In game terms, he is subject to stupidity — as sometimes he will get distracted in the least appropriate moment.) Anyone who might try to use this distraction for attack will quickly discover that Sigvald, vain as he might be, is still a haughty Bishōnen with a cool sword... which is bad news in most universes.
- In Gypsy, when Louise first sees herself in the mirror in her elegant dress for her first strip act, she's stopped cold for a moment, then whispers, "Mama... I'm pretty!" It's not so much narcissism as absolute shock, though.
- Kefka, when engaging in a Mirror Match in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, utters this squicky little piece of gold:
"Oooh! Who's that handsome devil!?"
- In Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Shuma-Gorath actually seems pleased with his Mirror Match partner's physical appearance.
- Wear the Raikov mask in front of the actual Raikov and wait a little.
- At one point in Mask of the Betrayer, Gannayev stops for a moment to compliment Kaelyn's eyes... Only to point out the reason he likes them so much is that they're highly reflective.
Gann: Your eyes are like mirrors, which make them doubly pleasing to me. It allows me to admire my reflection without the aid of a looking glass.
- Claw: One level takes place under the sea. There are strange male mermaid creatures who would occasionally cry: "Gosh, I'm handsome!"
- In the ninth chapter of Hyperdimension Neptunia V, Neptune looks at her HDD Purple Heart self and describes her as a cool, stylish, and beautiful. She also approves that she's hot despite the fact that Ultradimension Rei made a copy of her.
- During the maid cafe scene in Hatoful Boyfriend, Ryouta gets a mirror so the birds can check their costumes. Oko San fails to recognize his own reflection, and starts trying to court it.
- In World of Warcraft there are two trash mobs found on the path between the second and third bosses of the Siege of Orgrimmar instance that can cause players to become stunned this way.
- This Twokinds strip.
- El Goonish Shive:
- Eerie Cuties:
- Ace (a guy who was turned into a girl) gets distracted by her own sexy after a makeover in this strip.
Layla: Are you and that mirror gonna need some alone time?
- This Subnormality strip, panel eight. The recurring Ms. Fanservice character needs a 40 minute shower after "regarding" herself.
- In Girl Genius, after Lucrezia has just hijacked Agatha's body, her thoughts are briefly interrupted when she finds a mirror.
Lucrezia: Oh, do forgive me. It's been so long since I… well, since I was really human, I suppose. Very nice... now- you were saying?
- Misfile: Ash comments early on that "if it weren't me in the mirror, I'd be pretty turned on about now." when trying on bras. Later she worries that the fact that she's no longer distracted by her own sex appeal is a sign that she's losing masculinity.
- While striding purposely to fight the Nerd, The Nostalgia Critic can't resist checking himself out in a shop mirror.
- In the Whateley Universe, Jobe has this problem more than once. After all, he is stuck in a body he designed to be his ideal girlfriend.
- Edds World has Matt.
- This can happen to a person after they've lost a significant amount of weight. It's a case of "Wait, that's me in the mirror?"