It's time for the second TV Tropes Halloween Avatar Contest, theme: cute monsters! Details and voting here.
So you have some Half Human Hybrids
? What about Petting Zoo People
? Rubber-Forehead Aliens
? Cute Monster Girls
? Well, be careful. If a character has some form of non-human anatomy (ears, wings, especially
tails), chances are that said physical feature will be... sensitive. Even characters who look mostly human may have erogenous zones in odd areas to establish that they have Bizarre Alien Biology
. For obvious reasons, this leads to a lot of I Didn't Mean to Turn You On
type incidents, especially when one party is unaware that the resident Cat Person
gets aroused when someone strokes his/her tail.
Also, for obvious reasons
, this leads to a lot of Power Perversion Potential
and Fetish Fuel
when said characters show up in fanfic. If a character does not possess any known Fantastic Arousal, the fans may create one.
Can also be used in some cases of Boldly Coming
where the attractive alien doesn't have comparable human-like genitalia
but does have a type of erogenous zone on him or her, allowing for a type of human/alien coupling nonetheless.
Not to be confused with a character having a strange sexual fetish
Contrast Strangely Arousing
, where the inexplicable incident leads to arousal on the observer's part, though there could be some overlap if the aroused believes that ordinary humans have similar erogenous zones to them.
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Anime and Manga
- In Daily Life with Monster Girl, Miia the lamia gets very aroused, when someone strokes the tip of her tail.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!:
- The demons from My Balls (don't ask) have each a tattoo somewhere on their body that are both the focus of their demonic powers, and very sensitive to caresses.
- Lizlet from Omamori Himari is a Tsukumogami; to be more precise, she is the spirit of a 100+ year old teacup. Said teacup is also apparently an erogenous zone, judging by her reaction when the title character strokes and licks it in an attempt to wake her up.
- This is very much confirmed when Yuuto unintentionally drinks from said teacup.
- Lala (and all female Devilukeans, for that matter) from To Love-Ru; again, the tail. Its most common use besides teasing is conveniently covering her crotch. Naturally, there's a chapter where Rito gets his hand stuck to Lala's tail. Hilarity Ensues.
- In the first episode of Utawarerumono, Eruru gets annoyed with Hakuoro when he gently strokes her tail. For a second she looks like she really likes it, then seems embarrassed and shoves him away. Watch the sequence here.
- Yumeria: Tomokazu had a daydream in which Neneko's ears were her "weak spot".
- According to Holo from Spice and Wolf, wolves touching noses is to them what kissing is to humans. Apparently Lawrence's fingers feel like a wolf's nose. So when he does touch her nose...
- In one episode of FLCL, Naota sprouts cat ears, and Haruko, in typical fashion, teases him by rubbing them, resulting in a wriggling and ebullient Naota.
- Axis Powers Hetalia: The Italy brothers both have an Idiot Hair which acts as an erogenous zone. Germany messes with Italy's, and Spain messes with Romano's (although Germany at least doesn't realize what he's doing) because what kind of world would this be if they didn't?
- The brothers even get their Idiot Hair tangled together once. Italy's panicked phone call to Germany sounds... less than innocent out of context.
- In Birdy the Mighty Decode, the beast-people seem to be aroused by having their chins scratched.
- In the manga Tail Chaser, the Cat Girl cast members' tails. Playing with their tails led to Does This Remind You of Anything? rather quickly.
- In My Bride Is a Mermaid, young mermaids grow tails when they get wet. Resisting the transformation results in a tickling sensation, which was milked for all it was worth in one episode when two mermaids practice endurance training.
- Dragon Crisis!:
- Ai's ears and tail are very sensitive to touch.
- The spot on Rose's back where her wings come out seems quite sensitive, when Ryuji touches her there she blushes and starts trembling. Then there are the scales on the back on Rose's hand.
- Dog Days has a basic rewarding treatment for the dog-warrior race, patting on his/her head. It's shown through a Tsundere Eclair as she blushes when her princess pats her, but goes mad when the Idiot Hero does it.
- The wings of a 12 Beast Harpy are very sensitive to touch and stimulation.
- In Little Nicky, one character is cursed with breasts on his head. Of course they are erogenous zones.
- The Star Wars Holiday Special. Yes, a Fantastic Arousal in a Christmas Episode. Don't ask.
- The alien protagonist of What Planet Are You From? has an artificial phallus that audibly buzzes.
- Coneheads, based on the Saturday Night Live Coneheads sketches. The Coneheads are aliens with a game where they toss a special ring onto each other's cones, which has something to do with sex. The Movie expands on this, first by showing that the Coneheads touch the top of their heads together in a fashion resembling a kiss (making the lights dim), later by suggesting through a sexy discretion shot a more intense situation where, among other things, the lights went berserk.
- Does Ted's desire for his girlfriend to finger the talking teddy bear's tag fall under this trope?
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country teaches us that "not everyone carries their genitals in the same place."
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has Eccentrica Gallumbits, the triple-breasted whore of Eroticon VI. Some people say her erogenous zones start some four miles from her actual body. Ford Prefect disagrees, saying five.
- In Robin Hobb's Ship of Destiny, Malta, as a result of spending a lot of time on the Rain River, ends up with a ridge on her forehead which appears to be, basically, a facial clitoris.
- In Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, the catlike ears of Ogier are explicitly stated to be erogenous zones. Exposing them completely is scandalous, and Loial becomes embarrassed after accidentally mentioning his fiancee's.
- In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Gotals' horns are both electromagnetic sensors and erogenous zones. The Twi'lek's head-tentacles likewise. In-story they're explained more as being used like arms; there's a specific sign language that few people of other species understand, but the major use is gesturing and emphasis. Tales from Jabba's Palace has Oola using hers to indicate Sarcasm Mode and express disbelief without anyone but Threepio knowing it.
- Wings were mentioned for Aliisza from War of the Spider Queen. But then, she's Alu-fiend (half-succubus)...
- Apparently Temeraire's tendril-y ruff is like this. Cue very embarrassed Laurence.
- In The Hollows, when Rachel first moves in with her bisexual vampire co-worker Ivy, she unintentionally does a pile of things that tend to arouse vampires, such as borrowing Ivy's clothes (causing their scents to mix). It's made worse by the fact that Ivy has been trying to avoid drinking blood.
- In the His Dark Materials trilogy is it considered taboo to touch the daemon (manifestation of a soul in animal form) of another human being. At the end of the trilogy Will and Lyra accidentally and then deliberately touch each other's daemons, and the subtext couldn't be more obvious.
- Of course, this makes the procedure of 'intercision' so much more horrifying...
- Sapient Ship Daisy Mae (USS Des Moines) in the Legacy of the Aldenata book Yellow Eyes has a spot directly between her reactors that needs to be scrubbed regularly...
- The section on mermaids in The Encyclopedia Of Fantasy: People of the Light uses this as half a solution for the Mermaid Problem, although it's not the tail, it's the hair. Ismael Merindol reveals that mermaids spend so much time combing their hair because it that is their erogenous zone, and a source of incomparable pleasure. He writes: "In my youth I had a mermaid for a lover, but I was unable to give her pleasure in the usual way. However, if I scratched her scalp in a certain way she would very quickly swoon away. For what other women have between their legs, mermaids have in their hair."
- In Tinker, elves' ears are...sensitive. After Tinker is transformed from a human to an elf, her cousin touches her ear and she has to hastily explain why he shouldn't do that.
- In the Light Novel of Sword Art Online, Cait Sith tails are sensitive to touch, even though humans don't really have the capacity to feel tail sensations. Cue Sinon's blushy reaction and squeal when Kirito grabs her tail during the Excalibur arc.
- In Galapagos, humans have evolved into marine lifeforms very adept at swimming and catching fish with their mouths, one million years from now. The fingers that were once so precise and dextrous have become sexually sensitive areas attractive to the other sex.
- Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark, Demons' horns are so sensitive that stroking them is referred to as a hornjob.
- Sholan Alliance: Bathing in a hot spring can have surprising results for male Sholans.
Live Action TV
- Alien Nation: The Tenctonese women are aroused by, among other things, certain notes (coincidentally one of them is the TV test card tone), contact with their lower back but as a species their genitals are less of an issue sexually. (They're egg-layers, sort of— their sex is... complicated.)
- Ivanova on Babylon 5 takes advantage of this trope to get out of having sex with an alien race that traditionally uses it to conclude negotiations. He goes away with the impression that human sex consists of putting your hand on someone's head and dancing around them singing. Or rather, he's forced to come to that conclusion; he probably suspects he's been conned, but to admit that would be more humiliating than just going with it.
- The Hynerian "ear brow" is very sensitive.
- Zhaan's "photogasms". As one character put it "She's a plant. Put her in the light and watch her smile."
- A Luxan's "tenkas." The tentacles on a Luxan's head are very sensitive, though in the show it's usually to pain. Though during the body-switching episode, D'argo notes that his "tenkas are a little sore," and he wonders what Chiana was doing with them. Knowing Chiana, she was enjoying her (new) self. A lot.
- Star Trek:
- The Ferengi, whose ears are an erogenous zone (and "oo-mox" is basically a sex act involving stroking the ears).
- Also in Trek, we discover that Cardassians get a bit hot and bothered when somebody strokes their neck ridges.
- For Vulcans, the touching of fingers seems to be equivalent to a kiss. There's a sort of finger caress that's a bit more intimate as well. That's because Vulcans have psychic powers that work by touch. Brushing fingertips specifically isn't anything special, quite the opposite - it's the most skin contact they'll allow (in public).
- Porn movie take-offs of Star Trek inevitably involve a Vulcan's ears getting bigger when they're sexually aroused.
- May or may not be indicative of all male Talaxians, but Neelix gets aroused by someone tugging at his whiskers.
- The 10th Kingdom. For Wolf, it's the tail. He even gets do use it in a Something Else Also Rises sort of way now and then.
- An Italian comedy show once had a sketch featuring an interview with a woman with a wandering G-spot. Obviously, when the host shook her hand...
- An episode of Angel involved a demon species whose females had bony ridges along the spine that became red hot when they were in heat. The extremely patriarchal males of the species would cut off these ridges to keep their females docile, as sexual arousal was implied to make the women supernaturally strong. Of course, the whole episode was a big aesop about female genital mutilation.
- An episode of Merlin has Arthur react with distinct pleasure when Gwen strokes his recently acquired donkey ears (long story).
- The pilot of Battlestar Galactica had the (female) Cylons' spines glow during sex. This was dropped for the rest of the series, however, as a major plot point early on was how to detect the Cylons among the fleet and was pointed out that Baltar had a Cylon detector in his pants.
- From Saturday Night Live we have the Coneheads, aliens with, what else? Cone-shaped heads! And they have some sort of game or something where they put a special ring on said cones. This game has something to do with sex.
- Some of the research notes in the Warhammer 40,000 fluff book Xenology point out that an Eldar's ears are packed with nerve endings and are highly sensitive. The deuteragonist adds "Speculation: Erogenous?" at the end of the notes.
- If any fantasy story has any mentionings about sexuality, elven ears are always erogenous zones. Actually, this is true for many humans as well.
- A fan-made modification to the main campaign of Neverwinter Nights 2 gives Neeshka an... interesting... reaction if you try manipulating her tail without warning.
- That certain conversation with Mordin in Mass Effect 2 hints at this trope, with Mordin offering aides to Shepard which includes "erogenous zone overviews" when romancing either Garrus or Tali, neither or which are human.
- Also, an easily missed conversation in Lair of the Shadow Broker gives us the "Azure", or slang for an asari erogenous zone "in the lower reaches, near the bottom." The end of the DLC hints that this is in the lower back, since if you're still faithful to Liara, at the end, Shepard's hand goes to said spot, which instantly turns her eyes black with a smile on her face, along with a gasp.
- In Sam & Max: Freelance Police: What's New, Beelzebub?, there's a Workplace Sexual Harassment chart which indicates the zones where Sam should not be touched as his crotch and his floppy dog ears. Shambling Corporate Presence's are in a variety of obscure places, the most obvious being the ends of his tentacles. Max just has a big question mark over his body along with a Stop sign and the caption 'approach with caution'.
- In Planescape: Torment, Annah's skin gets hot when she, uh, gets hot.
- In the Old World Blues DLC for Fallout: New Vegas, Dr. Dala is disturbingly fascinated by your breathing due to the fact that as a Brain in a Jar she hasn't had a body of her own in centuries. It's even possible to induce The Immodest Orgasm in her after finding this out.
- In Star Control II, the Slylandro's "glowy bits" are visible to humans but not to Slylandro; the fact that humans can see them makes at least one Slylandro more... stimulated.
: Ah... your species sees in a different spectrum than we do. We can't see those. As for what they are... erm... well, they're used for... um... when a male and a female
... uh, look, can we talk about something else?
- In World of Warcraft, the female Pandaren player character has a /flirt emote: "Don't touch the taaail!... Okay, NOW touch the tail!"
- In Portal 2, GLaDOS and Wheatley get what GLaDOS calls a feeling of pleasure from a challenge getting solved, but the reaction seems pretty clearly to be something else.
- In Dra Koi the 'reverse scale' is apparently some sort of erogenous zone and weak point at the same time. It's not entirely clear.
- In Keychain of Creation, Marena, the foxy Lunar Exalted, gets very turned on when Racer, a fellow Lunar, starts stroking her ears.
- The D'Bo sisters from Our Home Planet are somewhat of an odd example: Their antennae secrete a protein, that, simply said, at one point causes Rika's finger to have an orgasm. It hasn't been shown yet, but given that the antennae are said to be the most sensitive parts of their biology and that they're their reproductive organs (eww), fiddling with them should have this effect.
- In TwoKinds, this trope is probably the reason why the Basitin consider non-bandaged feet obscene. Nothing is ever shown in-series, though Word of God does proclaim that the species as a whole has a foot/paw fetish. What does fit this trope is that Basitin ears are very sensitive, and, as Keith later confesses to Natani, to rub someone's ear is an intimate gesture for their society.
- For Uryuom in El Goonish Shive empathy / limited telepathy does most of the job (they are androgynous, anyway). It's far from being limited to their own species and this property is inheritable. The genetic lottery leaves some Half Human Hybrids without the human form of attraction and others with a combination of both.
- Dangerously Chloe. At least in Chloe's case, Succubi horns are apparently quite sensitive.
- Actually, that's Pandora masquerading as Chloe. Chloe's horns are much larger.
- For centaurs in Hotblood!, the horse chest, withers, where their (human) hips would be, and backs/shoulders/necks are erogenous/sensitive.
- In Drowtales, Ariel gets, ahem, considerable pleasure out of her hair being combed, leading to some fans to speculate this trope being in play. Ariel, after all, is a Voluntary Shapeshifter who can turn her hair prehensile at will. It would only take a small extrapolation for it to be sensitive as well.
- Homestuck: It's not quite confirmed, but is generally accepted fanon that trolls' horns are erogenous.
- Played straight in Cosmos Eternal. The Fellpool race (no relation to Star Ocean) have prehensile monkey-like tails that keep them balanced when moving, and give them innate skill with acrobatics. This furry tail is a heavy erogenous zone. Stroking it can make a Fellpool purr like a cat. Heavy stroking can even make a Fellpool sexually aroused. Light nibbling, licking, and other acts can make a Fellpool orgasm. The main character even at one point strips down because of how hot the arousal is making her (much to her crew's mixed reactions). And this affects both male and female Fellpools, but luckily (or unluckily) this pleasure only applies when someone else rubs a Fellpool's tail. On the opposite scale, damage to the tail can be so unbearable that a Fellpool can pass out. Getting their tail cut off has even made some Fellpool who aren't combat-trained die from the pain.
- Featherfolk (also no relation to Star Ocean) are similarly affected with their wings. The downside, however, is that their wings are so goddamn sensitive that just grabbing one can make them cry out in agony. Plucking even a single feather is painful enough to make them pass out or empty their bowels. Serenity apparently had her rare golden feathers plucked by slavers, which is noted in that her wings have some patches with no feathers. It's explicitly stated that, theoretically, a Featherfolk could feel pleasure from their wings' sensitivity. But their sensitivity is so great that few things can tough them light enough to cause pleasure without crossing into pain. Serenity is noted as enjoying light breezes, it seems... Hmm...
- Chimeras, animal-human hybrids, get this treatment with their ears and tails.
- For Shirelings in Tales of MU, it's strongly implied to be the feet.