->''"It's cheesy, it's over the top, and I love every second of it!"''
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]''' regarding ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''

There are shows or products that many people are ashamed to watch/use. That doesn't mean a character won't enjoy it and continue to consume it anyway, regardless of what's going on. In real life a person with such a condition usually shares some [[SlobsVersusSnobs elitist point of views]], and acceptance of their guilty pleasures can help them change their point of view.

Guilty Pleasure may, but does not always, overlap with ClosetGeek. "Guilty Pleasure" implies that a person feels guilty for enjoying a show or product, either because they believe it is of low-quality or because they fall out of the product's target demographic, but for some reason like it anyway. This differs from SoBadItsGood, where the enjoyment is specifically based on its flaws. The ClosetGeek hides their fanhood for fear of what other people will say, but they may believe that the things they like ''are'' legitimately good and worthy of appreciation.

Compare DamnedByAFoolsPraise, when it's the people who like something that make it embarrassing for more discerning consumers, and ItsPopularNowItSucks, when someone doesn't want to be seen appreciating something the common masses enjoy.

Something that's a Guilty Pleasure may often have NarmCharm, be appreciated as {{Camp}}, or be SoBadItsGood.

(This is a trope; for the novel ''Guilty Pleasures'', see the ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' page.)


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'': The Second Raid: the OVA is about Tessa trying to get her teddy bear back before somebody else finds out about it. Belfangan Clouseau tries to keep his Anime habits a secret as well, mostly PlayedForLaughs.
* ''Manga/HenZemi'': [[OnlySaneMan Nanako]] seems quite non-perverted when compared to the rest of the cast, but as the series progresses she begins to like and admit some of her odder preferences, such as enjoying the smell of her flatulence in the bathtub, or beginning to strip at a party when the lights went out.
* A RunningGag brought up every so often in ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'' is Georgie's denial of watching a girls show called ''"Princess Heiressz"'', but it's his guilty pleasure and favorite show to watch.
* Kiyoshi from Manga/PrisonSchool likes sumo wrestling but doesn't want his crush, Chiyo, finding out because he thinks she'll think he's weird. She does find out though and it turns out that she's a sumo wrestling fan as well.
* From ''Franchise/OnePiece'', we have Charlotte Katakuri. He is a ComicallySerious badass who has a design from something out of '''Berserk''' and carries himself in a stoic manner as a ruthless fighter, despite his powers basically allowing him to become and control a mochi-like substance. [[spoiler: It's revealed he's actually a massive glutton who loves sweets, but is ashamed of this and his huge teeth, to where he makes a sanctuary of mochi to have his hidden snack time. Disrupting it ''seriously'' unbalances and pisses him off.]]

* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Japan's guity pleasure is intense yaoi mangas.

* ''Film/{{RED}}'' Sara Ross likes to read trashy romance novels which she tells Frank Moses are terrible but so addictive. Incidentally, we later see Moses himself reading those same novels (though whether he genuinely enjoys them or is only doing it for research (or "research") is left unstated).

* In the ''Literature/MsWiz'' books, Jack Beddows apparently carries around a few Creator/BeatrixPotter books and when asked about them he says they're for his sister. Then when the characters get released from the books (long story) he's in near tears when Peter Rabbit appears to have been run over by a bus.
* Josh Newman from ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'' is described as loving ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' but would "die before admitting it to his friends".
* When [[Literature/DoraWilkSeries Dora Wilk]] finds herself in Baal's bedroom while DreamingOfThingsToCome (incorporeally), there's Baal with another girl with it (''very'' corporeally). Dora knows that she shouldn't really watch it, but she just can't keep her eyes off it.
* The East German novel ''Die Aula'' by Hermann Kant has a high party functionary who ''claims'' the [[Literature/{{Winnetou}} Karl May]] novel in the back of his fancy car belongs to his chauffeur.
* In ''Literature/FirebirdLackey'', Ilya is a little pleased to see [[spoiler:Pietor]] among the Katschei's statuary. He's really, ''really'' pleased to be able to rub his brother's face (and his father's, by proxy) in his eventual, overwhelming success. He's also very pleased to [[spoiler:leave his brother and his cheating bride to their dismal fate together.]]
* The first of Laurel K. Hamilton's ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' novels is actually named ''Guilty Pleasures'' (which seems quite apt given that about half the series' fanbase regards it as one). The title has an equally appropriate use in-story as the name of a sleazy vampire-fetish nightclub.
* ''Literature/TheMakoSaga'': Mac is a metal fiend who is derisive towards SouthernRock ("Mullet rock for hillbillies in pickups"), but Lee once caught her rocking out to "Please Call Home" by Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand. (She says it's bluesier than their other songs.) [[spoiler:Her RelationshipUpgrade with Lee comes when he puts it on the jukebox on the ''Praetorian''.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily''; Archie's usual leisure time is spent drinking beer watching football, like the typical blue-collar worker he is; but he also reads ''ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace|US}}'' comic books when nobody is around, and may have a whole trunk full of them.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** episode "Changing Channels", Sam earlier caught Dean watching a hospital show called "Dr. Sexy, M.D.", but Dean claims he isn't a fan of the show. Later on, "Dr. Sexy" actually appears.
--->'''Dean Winchester:''' [notices the doctor's footwear, slams him against the wall] You're not Dr. Sexy.\\
'''Dr. Sexy:''' You're crazy.\\
'''Dean Winchester:''' Really? Because I swore part of what makes Dr. Sexy sexy, is the fact that he wears cowboy boots. Not tennis shoes!\\
'''Sam Winchester:''' Yeah, you're not a fan...\\
'''Dean Winchester:''' It's a guilty pleasure!
** In episode "About a Boy" Dean was slightly distressed to admit to Sam that he heard a Taylor Swift song and liked it.
*** At the end of the episode, Dean left "Shake It Off" on while driving away in the Impala, despite [[spoiler:no longer being a teenager]] meaning that it actually IS a guilty pleasure, and not just [[spoiler:a side effect of his temporary age]].
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
** In "Always Buy Retail", Castle compares having sex with his ex-wife to a deep-fried Twinkie.
-->'''Ryan:''' A deep-fried Twinkie?\\
'''Castle:''' Yeah, the guilty pleasure that you know is bad for you, so you only do it once, maybe twice a year for the novelty.
** Also Beckett watching ''Temptation Lane'', a soap opera that she used to watch with her mom when she was little. Castle sums it up PERFECTLY:
-->'''Castle:''' That's just so delightfully not you!
* Series/{{Glee}} had an entire episode, appropriately titled "Guilty Pleasures", revolving around the kids' guilty musical pleasures. Music/SpiceGirls, Barry Manilow, and Wham! ensued.
* ''{{Series/Eureka}}'': Jo. "Sassy pumps for fall."
* ''Series/TheSingOff'' includes a OnceASeason "Guilty Pleasures" round of the contest, allowing the vocal groups to perform songs full of NarmCharm (such as pop hits from TheEighties).
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' have guys like Spike and Giles who watch ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' and ''Series/{{Passions}}'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' who likes to sing Barry Manilow. Joyce also admits to watching ''Passions''.
* ''Series/BigTimeRush'': One episode in which the guys have a photo shoot for a Tween girls mag. Only one of them is familiar with the magazine and the others shockingly look at him, almost in disgust, and one even asks him is that Katie's. He replies that those"...magazines have great articles for guys too." Seconds later, as they are mocking him, another guy in the band reads a headline about heartthrob coverboy and becomes interested in what the interview with said hearthrob says. The guys get into an argument about what their opinions and the hearthrob's about what to bring to a desert island. So in mere seconds they go from mocking it, to liking it.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': This is a question asked by Ross in the quiz to see who would get the better apartment:
-->'''Ross:''' Rachel claims this is her favorite movie?\\
'''Chandler:''' Literature/DangerousLiaisons?\\
'''Ross:''' Correct! Her ''actual'' favorite movie is?\\
'''Joey:''' ''(confidently)'' Film/WeekendAtBernies!\\
'''Ross:''' Correct!
** A few seasons later we find out Rachel also likes to read a steamy romance novel about a vicar's wife having an affair with a stable boy. She keeps this hidden under her pillow.
* In ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Major Winchester admitted to a woman whom he was dating at the time that he secretly enjoyed WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry cartoons.

* In the Music/{{Vocaloid}} song "Magnet", Luka and Miku know they aren't "supposed" to be in love, but that only fuels them with more passion.
* Larry Groce's "Junk Food Junkie" is all about this trope:
-->Yeah, in the daytime I'm Mr Natural\\
Just as healthy as I can be\\
But at night I'm a junk food junkie\\
Good lord have pity on me

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''Adam@Home'': [[http://www.gocomics.com/adamathome/2011/02/22 this]] strip for 2-22-11, Adam and his wife discuss theirs.
* Clyde, the closest thing that ''ComicStrip/{{Candorville}}'' has to a stereotypical black male, is often found selling these. On one occasion he used a similar approach to sell something highly secret--the main character thought it was drugs, but it turned out to be videos that were Guilty Pleasures.
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''
** In one strip, Paige catches Jason watching ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - as she goes off mockingly chanting "Jason likes Buffy!" he calls out "I like the ''vampires'', okay? I'm not a weirdo!"
** In a week-long series, Jason gets into a heated argument with diehard ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fan Eileen, claiming ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRings'' is a better movie than ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheSorcerersStone'', although Eileen can't for the life of her understand why he thinks its a competition. (Jason turns ''everything'' with her into a competition.) As the last strip shows, however, Jason is secretly a fan.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': Edgeworth would never admit that he's a big fan of the Steel Samurai, even though he keeps an expensive miniature of the show's hero next to his tea set.
** In ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'', Princess Rayfa adamantly denies that she watches the Plumed Punisher (as per her {{Tsundere}} routine), despite all her fangirling whenever she sees limited edition Punisher merchandise.
* This is the plot point of ''VideoGame/HellYeahWrathOfTheDeadRabbit''. Someone has discovered that the prince of Hell likes rubber duckies? Why, '''MURDER THEM!'''
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'''s [[Radio/GTARadio Non Stop Pop FM]] features comments that hint at the station being your guilty pleasure.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Portable'', Ken's social link for the female main character has him regard his love of ''[[ShowWithinAShow Phoenix Ranger Featherman R]]'' as a guilty pleasure that he wants to grow out of, because he feels it makes him immature to like a {{Sentai}} show. You can respond with dismissal of the show, open enthusiasm for it, or a similar confession that it's a personal guilty pleasure too.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'': LadyOfWar Cassandra Pentaghast is a huge fan of Varric's stories, particularly his smutty romance serial, "Swords and Shields", which Varric himself considers the absolute worst thing that he's ever written. When the Inquisitor finds her reading it, she tries to use every excuse that she can to hide it.

* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'': Lucas purchases a copy of The Sims [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20040925 here]] while trying to be as discrete as possible. The clerk sees Lucas' copy, and begins to heckle him for buying a "girly game", until Lucas threatens him with physical violence.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Subverted; while John's liking of films [[RunningGag including]] ''Film/ConAir'' is [[AvertedTrope simply because of his utter lack of taste]], Karkat seems to at least be aware that his movies are terrible [[SubvertedTrope but loves them anyway]].
-->You should really be EMBARRASSED for liking this DREADFUL CINEMA, but for some reason you are not.
** Subverted again with Jake - when he's introduced he is specifically noted to have even less taste than John, indiscriminately thinking every movie he sees is completely great. This doesn't just cover the generic SoBadItsGood schlock you'd normally expect, but films '[[SoOkayItsAverage generally regarded as so unremarkably mediocre they don't even attract any trolls who care enough to shit on it]]' like ''Film/WeekendAtBernies'' (which Jake considers a classic).
** Jade, on the other hand, is aware that [[ShowWithinAShow The Squiddles]] is a pretty terrible kids' show [[MerchandiseDriven driven entirely by merchandise]], but she still enjoys it for the nostalgia value.
** This eventually is [[DoubleSubversion double subverted]] for John as during the TimeSkip he realizes how much ''Con Air'' sucks after watching it enough times to get tired of it and recognize the film's flaws, but later changes his mind and decides he likes it anyway.
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'': In the FourthWallMailslot [[http://www.talkaboutcomics.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=44781 thread]], Florence admits to romance novels being a guilty pleasure for her.
* In ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', Monica watches a TV show called Sugarbear, which she considers a guilty pleasure.
* In [[http://www.meninhats.com/d/20041020.html this]] strip of ''Webcomic/MenInHats'', GiftedlyBad Jeriah says he's going to describe himself as a guilty pleasure, to attract people's interest and get them to see how charming and endearing he self-allegedly is.
-->'''Gamal:''' What if they decide you're just a whiny narcissist?\\
'''Jeriah:''' Then they were probably too smart to be taken in by the whole guilty pleasure bullshit.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2801 Crimney described pulp dime novels as a guilty pleasure.]]
** Also, Seymour has to look all doors before reading his gulty pleasure: [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4559 Jesus Slash Fiction.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'': [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=2099 Lucy and Ken]] claim to hate Disney Eurobeat, then admit that they both have every track.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Consolers}}'', Nintendo and Sony are shown to like [[http://consolers.webcomic.ws/comics/pl/411469 some of each other's games]], but feel embarassed about it and obviously wouldn't want anyone to know.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/JonTron''- I mean, [[WigDressAccent Malkovich]] uses this trope with "Malkovich's Gaming Guilty Pleasures". Although, depending on your interpretation of the '[[ShowWithinAShow show]]', this trope may apply {{In Name Only}}.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' feels this about ''Film/{{Commando}}'', ''Film/RockyIV'', the ''Film/ShortCircuit'' series, ''Film/ErnestSavesChristmas'', ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', ''Film/BatmanReturns'', ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'', ''Film/CoolRunnings'', ''Film/JudgeDredd'', ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' and ''Film/{{Paranoia|2011}}'' ("[[WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob What the hell?!]]"). Likewise, this is the entire purpose of the ''Film/MoulinRouge'' review, ending in a song.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'' enjoys ''Film/TheFifthElement'', Music/LadyGaga, ''Film/TheRoom'', ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', ''Film/{{Newsies}}'', ''Film/MoulinRouge'', ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', ''Film/{{Showgirls}}'', ''Film/IndependenceDay'', ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'', "every Creator/MegRyan movie (1993-2001)", ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', ''Bollywood/OmShantiOm'', ''Film/AVPAlienVsPredator'' and ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' (2000) in this manner.
* And we know this from ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'''s very own "[[http://ncmoulinrouge.bandcamp.com/track/guilty-pleasures Guilty Pleasures]]" song summarizing the trope.
* Used as a gag in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. The girls are unpacking their things after getting their own dorm room. Blake is putting her books on a shelf and takes out a book entitled "Ninjas of Love", which is pretty likely smutty fiction, and this ''priceless'' embarrassed expression creeps across her face as she hurriedly goes to hide it.
** In the first episode of the ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' spinoff, Blake is scared out of her wits when she suspects someone saw it.
* [[WebVideo/RedLetterMedia Mr. Plinkett]] calls ''Film/StarTrek'' this in his review and compares the film to his [[IncestIsRelative granddaughter.]]
* In his Hilariocity review, Creator/ChrisStuckmann admits that he enjoys watching ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'' despite acknowledging how stupid the story and characters can be.
* Asked in one of the ''WebVideo/MovieFights'' questions: "What's a widely mocked movie that you secretly love?" Hal picked ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'', Brett picked ''Film/HudsonHawk'', while Adam chose ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious''.
* [[WebVideo/TheDomReviews The Dom]] loves ''Film/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter'' in spite of fully acknowledging its cheesiness.
* In ''WebAnimation/BrainDump'', ''WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure'' is this to the host, Max. While Max denies liking the film, [[TheGadfly Goofball]] only has to sing one line from "No Girl's Toy" before Max enthusiastically starts singing along in perfect unison.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': Arthur is secretly a fan of "Love Ducks". He keeps it a secret because (per the title of the episode) "That's a Baby Show". By the end all of his friends are into it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Tenzin regards [[FictionalSport Pro-Bending]] as a mockery of the ancient elemental arts. Nevertheless, he is later shown to be cheering Korra on during the tournament ''and'' familiarizing himself with the rules.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': An episode featured Candace going to a convention dressed as Ducky Mo-Mo, a character she enjoyed since she was little, but was too embarrassed to admit she still watched it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Dr. Marvin Monroe admits that one of his "guilty little pleasures" is grabbing a bucket of popcorn and watching "Itchy and Scratchy".
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': The episode "Funnybot" reveals that Creator/TylerPerry seemingly has this effect on all African-Americans, who inexplicably enjoy his movies even if they are ashamed of that fact. Even [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama President Obama]] is shown to be a victim of this:
-->'''Barack Obama:''' I'm going to spend my final monents on this Earth with my loved ones... watching a Tyler Perry movie. I know, it's embarrassing. But I simply can't help myself.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The premise of the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep "Read It and Weep"]] was Rainbow Dash discovering that reading can actually be ''fun'' after lambasting it as an egghead hobby. She's driven to petty theft by the end of the episode in order to finish the book she had started.
** In "The Ticket Master", Spike feels the Grand Galloping Gala is way too girly, but winds up getting excited after getting his own ticket to go. Possibly subverted since he initially seemed excited to go, but only begin to dismiss it when Twilight began talking about who to invite (the implications being that Celestia sent the two tickets for her and ''Spike'', something which Twilight failed to consider and that Spike's behavior was to hide being upset over being snubbed.)
** In "A Rock Solid Friendship" Starlight Glimmer has this bombshell to drop to her new friend Maud Pie:
--> '''Starlight Glimmer:''' ''[glances nervously around]'' I like kites. \\
'''Maud Pie:''' ''[beat]'' ...Kites are cool. \\
[later while flying a kite] \\
'''Starlight:''' The trick with an S.L.K. is not to make the spars too heavy. But if they're too light, you've got no ballast and then good luck tacking against the A.O.I.! ''[beat]'' I really like kites.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': One episode is centered on Squidward's unexpected liking of Krabby Patties. He tells Spongebob that they're disgusting and even goes as far as burying one (with a full headstone.) Granted, the previous bit was done to dissaude Spongebob he liked it (since he tried it seconds beforehand). The moment Spongebob leaves, he ''unburies'' it and eats it. At the end of the episode, Squidward explodes from all the patties he ate.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Dipper would never admit that he's a big fan of girly Icelandic pop sensation [[BlandNameProduct BABBA]].
** Wendy is not a fan of msot modern music for their corporate views and laughs at BoyzCrazy for being a boy band that appeared too late. A video game reveals she actually likes some of their songs when you find a CD of theirs belonging to her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'''s "The Girls In The Band", Nikki is revealed to be a closet [=DawgToys=] fan. Caitlin forces her to admit it after Nikki's backpack rips open and causes her secret stash of BoyBand merch to fall out in the Khaki Barn.
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