Kavorka Man

"Nobody in DC scored more primo tail than ol' Hank Kissinger, and the man looked like a troll doll you'd hang from the rear view mirror."

"A man is like a bear: the more repulsive, the more attractive."note 
Spanish proverb

The polar opposite of the Casanova Wannabe, this character has a long list of conquests and can bend any woman to his will — even though there's absolutely nothing attractive about him. In fact, he's a sleaze and/or looks like a baboon and/or treats women like garbage. Sensible, self-respecting women may scoff, but if so, he'll pull a clever come-on line on them or practice his patented stare on them and they'll be suckered in just enough to be proven wrong.

Possibly owing to Most Writers Are Male, Kavorka Woman is extremely rare.

The line between Kavorka Man and The Casanova, usually gaping, can sometimes be very fine. A Kavorka Man minus the conquests is a Casanova Wannabe. Compare Ugly Guy, Hot Wife. All Girls Want Bad Boys is when the ladies are attracted to a man with a seemingly repellent personality rather than repellent looks. Often arises due to power's allure or being surprisingly good in bed.

Derives from the Seinfeld episode "The Conversion." Has nothing to do with Dr. Kevorkian, for which see I Cannot Self-Terminate. Or Madame Kovarian, the Big Bad of the sixth series of the Doctor Who revival show.

Justified Trope per Victoria Zdrok, stating in her book Dr. Z on Scoring that "equity theory" is at work with Kavorka Man, compensating for his obvious deficiencies with intangible qualities due to women being more cerebral than they're given credit for.


Examples:

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Male Examples

    Anime and Manga 
  • The Archangel Raphael from Angel Sanctuary. At least at first, before Sara helps him see his real personality. He doesn't look so bad, but boy is he a sleaze. His assistant is not at all surprised to find him with a girl, getting ready to have sex, before the Archangel Michael interrupts. Michael even asks Raphael if he expects him to remember the names of "all his broads".
  • Dan from Bamboo Blade, despite being Gonk, has Miya-miya for a girlfriend. He also managed to get the American Carrie interested in him. His reason for wooing both of these girls? His resemblance to an armadillo/pangolin. The fact that he's ranked 3rd in his year in school (out of 390), is an excellent artist, is shaping up to be better at kendo than the guy with regular proportions and is a devoted boyfriend sure helps.
  • Berserk has Wyald. In his human form he looks like a Neanderthal, has a vicious, bloodthirsty disposition... and one of the first times you see him, he's in the middle of an orgy with at LEAST half a dozen beautiful women.
  • The second episode of Kaiba gives us Butter.
  • Roberto in Monster is kind of disgusting, and his... luck with women... is a deep well of squick and even Nightmare Fuel. OTOH, he is said to be, uhm, well-endowed and VERY good when using his... er, tool.
  • Satou Kohta from My Balls, although it is unclear if this is natural, or because the Queen Of Terror is trapped in his balls.
  • Masato from No Bra. Many readers think that there's no real reason for the girls (and guy) of the story to be attracted to him, beyond some cases of Mistaken Identity.
  • In One Piece, Señor Pink is a middle-aged unkempt fat man dressed like a baby (and has grown fatter with time). For some reason, he is surrounded by beautiful women who are constantly yearning to throw themselves at him, whom he feels ambivalent towards.
  • Manaka from Strawberry 100%. He's not ugly, but there's no apparent reason why he should catch the attention of so many beautiful girl. Gets point because one of the people who lampshaded this to Manaka is Tsukasa Nishino herself when they were dating at the start of the manga (she then concluded that her standards wouldn't allow her to fall for a worthless person, so Manaka had to have hidden qualities she had noticed unconsciously. She had actually noticed them consciously well before getting the declaration, but had forgot about him until that fateful day).
    • Having one of the main girls lampshade this in Manaka's face becomes a Running Gag, with a particularly funny occasion having Tsukasa and Satsuki describe the boy they like as a Kavorka Man only to realize they're both describing Manaka and start glaring at each other, with Tojo silently joining the lampshading when she tries to console Manaka with a sad smile. Still, Nishino is the one who does this most often.
    • Koyama later joined the club when Chinami Hashimoto genuinely falls for him, and gets immediately lampshaded when the entire Film Studies Club plus Mukai and Amachi find out and nearly get an heart attack. She later dumps him... Except that the Distant Finale implies they got back together, in secret to prevent a scandal from ruining her idol career.
  • Ultimately averted in Urusei Yatsura. Mr. Fujinami has so many pictures of himself with women and his baby daughter Ryuunosuke that he's forgotten which of them is actually Masako, his wife who died giving birth to Ryuunosuke. It then turns out that he never actually seduced them- he hired them to pose for the pictures because he wanted to "help" Ryuunosuke somehow. How was that supposed to work? ...Who can honestly say? This guy is whacked in the head even by the series' standards - keep in mind that he forced his daughter to pretend to be a boy because A: he didn't believe a girl could take over his precious tea shop, and B: he made an Arranged Marriage in which he vowed to have his "son" marry a friend's "daughter" and decided he wouldn't let Ryuunosuke's being a girl stop him providing the groom. Nor did said friend decide to let his only child being a boy stop him from providing the bride.
    • Played straight, however, with the male protagonist Ataru. Considered by most girls the most unattractive boy in Tomibiki. However, he had one of the above average girls in Shinobu as his girlfriend. And when the Sexy Alien Lum showed up, she devoted her life to Ataru despite all of his personality flaws, which arguably is what made him unattractive in the first place. Not to mention in the first movie another beautiful Alien princess is in love with him.
  • Oliver Inoue from Victory Gundam is a subversion. Sure, he even has a vague resemblance to Henry Kissinger (mentioned elsewhere on this page), but while his looks are repugnant, his personality is quite loving towards Marbet Fingerhut, who genuinely loved him. Also, aside from slapping Usso once after a blunder, he was a caring an efficient Team Dad towards the group. And there's his Tear Jerker of a death to consider...
  • In Yakitate Japan, Yuuichi Kirisaki (Gendo Ikari's Captain Ersatz) — who's possibly Squickier than Gendo. Granted, Yukino is more evil than him. And the source of his evil? The Virus that was created by his BREAD!

    Comic Books 
  • Wolverine has had a large number of highly attractive love interests (particularly if they're redheads or Japanese), in addition to having a fairly large female fanbase. This even though he's a short, hairy lantern-jawed guy with weird hair and a perpetual scowl. Unfortunately, poor Wolvie can never settle down and snuggle because his enemies will harm and/or kill them, or he'll just outlive them due to his extreme Healing Factor that makes aging MUCH slower for him. Not only that, he apparently has deep issues with taking a simple bath, and it's mentioned he rarely brushes his teeth. The live-action movies seem to write this out (can't pass up the chance to do a Hugh Jackman shower scene). Possibly justified by Fridge Logic: Wolvie's son Daken (not an example himself, as he is conventionally attractive) explicitly has conscious pheromone control as one of his mutant powers. It's possible that his father has a less-conscious version going on.
  • Archie. At one point Betty and Veronica realise that he's a stupid, boorish, selfish, average-looking jerk and they both decide they should break it off with him... and say "You first." They then wonder why they can't give him up. Archie shows up, they pounce, and he thinks to himself that his good looks, intelligence, and charm have done it again.
    • Justified depending on the particular story. Some have it that he's particularly sweet, charming, or modest, especially compared to boys like Reggie.
  • Deadpool is one of the ugliest men in Marvel (which is why he rarely removes his mask), he's insane and not very mature. Yet all of his love interests are extremely hot women.
    • He claims to have been married at least ten times previously in Deadpool #27 The Wedding of Deadpool, although not all of these stories may be accurate since he is an Unreliable Narrator. The past wives listed include Ms. Marvel turned out she was being controlled by an alien at the time, a sock puppet of Copycat he hallucinated was really her after he thought she died destroyed, although the real Copycat was still alive, a stripper calling herself Genosha killed during the wedding as a consequence of Deadpool messing with continuity, a woman whose name he forgot that he assassinated by pretending to be her groom she actually hired him to make her suicide look like a murder, a woman named Penny she didn't exist, she was part of a trap set by a villain, a woman named Anna he had actually killed the real Anna and married Copycat pretending to be her and it turned out the people who married them were replaced with actors so it didn't count, a Dumb Blonde named Lurleen divorced when it turned out she was actually Mystique, Outlaw her super strength made sex extremely painful, so probably divorced, Domino only pretending to be a couple for a mission but deadpool took it like it was real, and she "divorced" him by shooting through him to get the bad guy, AIM assassin Betty Swanson didn't count, she was unconscious and the guy doing the wedding was a savage land native shaman that he coerced, and a large alien woman named Orksa although it didn't show it in this comic, he later divorced her so she could be with somebody who loved her more than he did, and of course, the main story of the issue is him getting married to Shiklah the Succubus and for now it seems to be going well. There are also all the women he had sex with but didn't marry, one of which had his daughter.
  • One time, Tony Stark attended a party with Dazzler as his date. Everybody is shocked, not only because they think Dazzler is way out of his league, but because Tony is disheveled, sleep-deprived, and has forgotten to take a shower - not exactly his usual dapper, charming self. Sebastian Shaw calls him a kavorka man, assuming that Dazzler was taken in by his wallet.
  • Norman Osborn gets laid a lot more than you'd expect, considering he's in his forties with a 20-something son. But he went down with such megababes as Gwen Stacy and Lily Hollister. Both of whom were young enough to date his son.
  • Suske en Wiske: Tante Sidonia is a thin woman with large feet, a long nose, glasses, a hideous quiff and virtually no breasts. Yet there have been men who were in love with her.
  • Popeye: Olive Oyl is a thin girl with no breasts, a whiny voice and is a typical Damsel in Distress. Yet Popeye loves her and in the animated cartoons even has to fight off Bluto to protect her.
    • Popeye himself is also quite ugly. One eye permanently closed, a huge jaw, short in stature and big bulbous forearms.
  • Jonah Hex is as ugly as sin, and has little in the way of social skills, but has maintained relationships with some incredibly gorgeous women: White Fawn, Mei Ling, Stiletta, Gina Gold, Tall Bird, etc.

    Fan Works 
  • This is allegedly the basis for the Fakemon Babos and Osoe in the infamous hack Pokémon Quartz.

    Film 
  • Any Woody Allen film he stars in. But especially lampshaded in Zelig where Woody Allen plays, well, The Zelig — sort of a combination of Been There, Shaped History, Master of Disguise, and this trope.
    Zelig: "I would like to apologize to everyone. I... I'm awfully sorry for, for marrying all those women. It just, I don't know, it just seemed like the thing to do."
  • Austin Powers from the Austin Powers movie trilogy is a physically unattractive man by modern standards but considered a sex symbol in his day due to his self-confidence, merry personality, and "mojo." Vanessa lampshades this in the first film and still falls in love with him. He bags a number of beautiful ladies throughout the series who treat him like a stud muffin.
  • Pavi Largo from Repo! The Genetic Opera is a sex-obsessed, hideously disfigured maniac whose bearing borders on Flamboyant Gay and who wears the faces of dead women stapled over his own scars, and yet in virtually every scene he's in, women are giggling, hanging on his arms and fondling him. The fandom seems to agree with them. In all fairness, he is played by Nivek Ogre, who fairly oozes charm and his father signs their paychecks.
  • Cal from The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Lampshaded by himself:
    Cal: Look at me. Really look at me. I am ugly as fuck by traditional standards, but, I get with women. Aren't you curious as to how that's possible?
  • Groundhog Day: Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, manages to bed a whole lot of women who have known him for only a day despite looking like, well, Bill Murray. Here, however, it's more plausible because he takes advantage of his "Groundhog Day" Loop to have infinite opportunities to find out what will please the woman he's currently targeting.
  • Evan's roommate Thumper in The Butterfly Effect, who's seen making out with an array of hot girls despite being an obese guy in goth clothing.
    Evan:I guess charisma and eyeliner go a long way.
  • The Three Stooges (but especially Curly) were known for this, both on and off camera.
  • The Tao Of Steve is about a dumpy loser who gets women by emulating Steve McQueen.
  • The Italian film Seven Beauties, with Giancarlo Giannini as an overweight, selfish guy who is himself a bit mystified at how easily he can seduce women.
  • In Twins, Vincent is like this despite being, like most characters played by Danny DeVito, a sleazy jerk. In one scene, a former lover tells Linda, "never sleep with this man, never lend him money, and never believe a word he says!" He cleans up his act by the end, however, ending up Happily Married to Linda.
  • In American Graffiti the older, college student returning to his old high school that Curt Henderson (Richard Dreyfuss) talks to at the high school dance is first seen surrounded by admiring girls even though he's not remotely handsome.
  • Watch any Adam Sandler movie since the early 90s. Every single character manages to hook up with or already be married to the hottest chick in the film....and it's viewed as perfectly normal.
  • Det. Gamble from The Other Guys - to the frustration of his partner: both for the trope's own sake and the fact that Gamble doesn't even notice how hot the women in his life actually are (He thinks his wife, played by Eva Mendes, is "just okay.")
  • Machete. Danny Trejo gets involved with Michelle Rodriguez, Lindsay Lohan (and her mother), and Jessica Alba.
  • Sherrybaby, in which Danny Trejo gets with Maggie Gyllenhaal.
  • Vincent in Twins. The fact that he's played by Danny DeVito would normally be enough. But it must also be mentioned that his first time was at twelve years old... when he seduced a nun.
  • Ben from The Graduate. He's unemployed (having just graduated) and doesn't seem to have any prospects, and is never presented as particularly handsome. The script makes it pretty clear he was a virgin (he denies it, but not convincingly.) And yet Mrs. Robinson seduces him, and then later her daughter ditches her whole life, including the man she literally just married, to run off with him. Their actions don't have much to do with him: the mother is lonely and looking for some young meat, while the daughter is dissatisfied and looking to rebel, an act she clearly begins to regret in the closing shot.
  • The characters played by Sid James in the Carry On films are usually pretty successful with much younger women, although James was middle-aged at the time and certainly no oil painting. Up to a point, this reflected Real Life.
  • Stan and Jack in the On The Buses movies. Both too old and ugly (especially Jack) but always have the hot birds fluttering after them.
  • In the same era, comic lead Leslie Phillips was the go-to actor when casting an ageing and somewhat oily Lothario in British movies. Phillips was the epitome of the smooth-talking upper-class English cad who never failed to get the girl. although he tended to end up regretting it.
  • In The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Nicolas Cage plays Terrence McDonagh as a cross between Richard Nixon and Laurence Olivier's version of Richard III, but he still has Eva Mendes for a girlfriend and Fairuza Balk practically dragging him into bed.
  • Joey Boca (Kevin Kline) in I Love You To Death starts the film with a (hilarious rambling) confession that he committed adultery "ten or twelve times, give or take a few" in the past two weeks.
  • Colin Frissell (Kris Marshall) in Love Actually becomes one when he travels from his native Britain to the United States. Lampshaded by way of his pre-travel hypothesis that American women can't resist a man with a British accent, even if he lacks good looks.
  • Laurel and Hardy: Usually Oliver (the obese one) has more success with the ladies than Stan in their films. Presumably because he is a bit smarter and more mature.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Roger Rabbit, an infantile short goofy animated rabbit is married to a gorgeous sex bomb, Jessica Rabbit. Justified: toons seem to have no concept of physical beauty and prize only humor. By those standards, it's explicitly stated that it's Roger who's the catch and Jessica who's out of her league.
    Eddie Valiant: She's married to Roger Rabbit?!
    Betty Boop: Yeah, what a lucky girl.
  • Jock from Mortdecai, who is constantly having sex with women despite being a total lout.

    Literature 
  • In one of the Gotrek & Felix's novels, the infamous duo comes across another Slayer who fits this trope to a T: short, ugly and dirty, he manages to get it on with a remarkable amount of courtesans, to the point that Felix can't believe it.
  • Sir Lancelot in The Once and Future King by T. H. White. He is known as le Chevalier Mal Fet, "the Ill-Made Knight", as he is short, bow-legged and catastrophically ugly, to the point of almost being simian. Still, he gets it on with the beautiful Guinevere, just like the traditional myths.
    • He also is pursued by Elaine (who was very beautiful when they first met), implicitly because she was smitten with him for saving her. This ends badly for him, as she tricks him into sleeping with her, triggering a huge Heroic BSOD. And she does it later, making him go flat-out mad.
  • Monk from the Doc Savage novels.
  • Embarrassingly common in Hardboiled Detective stories a la Raymond Chandler. The private eye may be a drunkard, a crackhead, and a self-pitying, self-absorbed fool, but the housewife next door, the beautiful reporter, the mysterious suspect ... in fact, every female character in the book under the age of sixty (or under the age of thirty-five, the sets are equivalent), seeks his tender ministrations.
  • Severian, the Designated Hero of Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun, describes himself as physically ugly. He's also somewhat misogynistic, and after he's exiled from his position as an apprentice torturer, he takes a paid position as an executioner. The number of women who don't seem to mind is truly impressive. May be a subversion as Severian is an Unreliable Narrator and at least one of his conquests is a possible rape.
  • Nicholas van Rijn from the Poul Anderson's Polesotechnic League. He's immensely fat, has a big nose, lives on strong cheese and beer, and takes snuff by the fistful. He's greedy, gluttonous, lecherous, and speaks his own brand of garbled Anglo-Dutch — yet he's constantly surrounded by lovely mistresses. His vast fortune has something to do with it, but he often seduces women by his sheer awesomeness too.
  • Detective Terry Biggs of Lomax And Biggs is stated to look like a mule. He's been married four times, and they all fail (it's apparently the woman's fault, however). It's his voice and charm.
  • In Havemercy, we have the almost outright sociopathic Rook, who not only treats women with a brutal kind of scorn, but comes very close to killing his new professor and long-lost brother Thom out of sheer rage; the ladies, including the Esar's niece, are not in the least bit bothered by this. Though admittedly, Rook is described as being almost painfully handsome and with that whole rugged airman thing going on...
  • Arthur Hailey's Overload has Nim Goldman, who's on poor terms with his wife. He looks like a middle-aged Judd Hirsch, according to some covers, and has sex with an absurd number of women over the course of the book, including a quadriplegic who still has sensation. After she dies, he pours out his story about his affair with said woman to a female reporter. She suggests he go home. He says it's too far away. She suggests he come to her place, which is only five minutes away. He barely hesitates before accepting. What a classy guy.
  • Mr Wednesday in American Gods. He does it by charm. Literally.
    • "Charms can be learned."
  • Berrynose of Warrior Cats. He has no tail, but he does have a huge ego. And she-cats love him.
  • Viktor Krum from the Harry Potter series. He's rather ugly, and pretty awkward socially. However, he is a great Quidditch player, and thus has lots of fangirls due to this. He even manages to successfully ask out Hermione, who had said earlier in the book that he wasn't good looking.
    • Hermione herself arguably counts. She's described as having bushy hair and large front teeth and can be difficult to get along with at times, but she is asked out by Krum, Cormac (another great Quidditch player, and something of a big man on campus for the Gryffindors), and Ron. In the cases of Krum and Ron, it's implied that they love her for her other qualities (her intelligence, her loyalty, etc).
      • It should be noted that in The Goblet of Fire, Hermione had her teeth fixed magically. This certainly helped on her attractiveness. She also Cleans Up Nicely, she just doesn't often take the trouble.
  • Count Dracula in Dracula. His physical description shows him as being rather ugly, even after he grows younger, and he has hairy palms. However, he has three vampire wives and manages to put several women into his hypnotic spell. He's more of a Dirty Old Man/sexual predator than the more modern Vampires Are Sex Gods trope.
    • It should be noted that aside from the women in his castle, there are no women interested in him. His 'hypnotic spell' is a violent assault that turns women into vampires.
  • Vorkosigan Saga: Miles Vorkosigan was poisoned before birth, causing him to have abnormally small stature (self-described in the narration as "ahem-mumble-something under five foot"), a bent spine, one leg several inches longer than the other, a too-big head on a too-short neck, and a face prematurely lined with pain from more bone breaks than he can count. He still manages to sleep around with several gorgeous women throughout the course of the series. It's mostly that his sheer charisma and force of personality completely overwhelm his physical appearance once you actually get to know him.
  • Nearly every male protagonist in any book by Tom Robbins, but most particularly Half Asleep in Frog Pyjamas.
  • Gabe Uglino in the first book of Percy Jackson and the Olympians he's ugly, drunk, can't hold a job, abuses Sally (it's implied he abused Percy too) yet he gets both Sally and Sugar (his grief counselor).
  • A Song of Ice and Fire as Lord Walder Frey. Ninety years old when he is introduced and one of the biggest jerks of all time. Still scores with the ladies and has many, many illegitimate children.
  • In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two headed, three armed President of the galaxy, is implied to be this. He has been described as the "best bang since the big one" by Eccentrica Gallumbits, the triple breasted whore of Eroticon Six. He stole Trillian away from Arthur who was unsuccessfully trying to initiate a conversation with her during a party on Earth. Zaphod is not very bright, was voted several times "The worst dressed sentient being in the known universe", and while he is President of the Galaxy, he holds no real power whatsoever. His function is solely to direct attention away from those who hold actual power.
  • Ignatius Prindable in Don't Call Me Ishmael! has No Social Skills and isn't attractive at all. He is very intelligent but can be obnoxious about it, yet he has no problem getting dates or girlfriends.
  • Gary Karkofsky in The Rules Of Supervillainy is a somewhat dorky pseudo-intellectual who worked as a bank teller. He's also revealed to have been in relationships with three staggeringly beautiful superheroes and supervillains.
    • It's Justified in text when he reveals his "secret." He treats his girlfriends with respect, work to make sure they have fun on their dates, and tries to make sex enjoyable for them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Seinfeld
    • Trope namer is Kramer, where a Latvian Orthodox priest calls his power over women "kavorka" (meaning "the lure of the animal"). Over the course of the show, he's seduced Uma Thurman, a nun, and a lesbian, offering no explanation other than, "I'm Kramer." This was actually Played for Drama on the episode that named it, since he couldn't control the effect and almost destroyed a nun's life against his own will.
    • George also qualifies and has also been lampshaded. When George can't have sex with his girlfriend, he gets smarter. Jerry theorizes that George has been devoting most of his brainpower to getting laid, and with that out of the way, he starts doing things like using his knowledge of physiscs to effortlessly hit home runs in baseball and solving a Rubik's Cube while figuring out Jeopardy answers. Which indicates that he puts a lot of effort into sex. Then again, the same episode shows that this is true for all men, not just George.
    • Newman has also been out with some very attractive women.
    • Despite being the Trope Namer Kramer actually has the fewest number of romantic pairings of the four main characters by a large margin. He has 27 partners over the course of the show, compared to Elaine's 50, George's 62 and Jerry's 73, although that could've been a question of focus (Kramer does his own thing a lot), and in any case—as noted—George counts as well.
  • Nick Tortelli from Cheers is probably the ur-example - causes Diane to swoon just by standing near her when she doubts his abilities. His ex-wife Carla has a similar power over men in spite of her personality.
  • Patrick from Coupling, being charming, handsome and notoriously well-endowed, is mostly regarded as a straight The Casanova, but at other times, when we're reminded that he's a chauvinistic ass with the mental power of a sack of potatoes, his prowess with women seems more like the Kavorka Man.
  • Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones could be considered this, being a dwarf — something even more discriminated against in Westeros than real life — however, this is offset by his wealth, family prestige, and most importantly, his wit and intellect.
  • The Sopranos:
    • Tony Soprano is an overweight, chauvinistic, sociopathic criminal and yet sleeps with a variety of very good-looking women (not just strippers/prostitutes from the Bing) such as Irina (and her one-legged cousin), Gloria Trillo, Valentina La Paz and Juliana Skiff (all of whom look like his mother—and one of whom even acts like his mother at times—adding to the All Psychology Is Freudian aspect of the show).
    • Not just Tony; nearly all the mobsters in the show have beautiful wives and girlfriends, despite many of them being ugly, mean or both. It's implied that the women they're with are attracted to the power they represent.
  • Owen Harper, from Torchwood, seems to effortlessly attract a large amount of attractive women, including all three of his female co-workers at various points, despite that fact that being pale, having weird frog lips and being an absolute prick makes his attractiveness a questionable thing. This could just be Informed Attractiveness, since apparently in-universe women genuinely find him "gorgeous".
  • Even pushing 60, Kathleen Turner is gorgeous. However, in Season Three of Californication, her performance as Sue Collini is deliberately off-putting, at times evoking Nick Tortelli in a skirt. This turns her extended cameo into a triumphantly flaming ball of distaff Kavorka.
  • Dr. Guy Secretan from Green Wing may be a wealthy anesthetist- but he is also a womanizing jerk who could fairly be said to look like "Donkey" from Shrek. Believes that women with small breasts aren't worth resuscitating.
  • Charlie Harper from Two and a Half Men. In his defense, most of these come off as sensible or self-respecting, but his talent as a pickup artist borders on the supernatural.
    • Charlie's fairly handsome (not to mention rich); it's his personality that's gross. Probably more like "all girls want bad boys" in his case.
    • On that note, Alan manages to get together with Judith, Brainless Beauty Kandi, and Lyndsey when he is a Cosmic Plaything, broke, and not really all that attractive.
      • You haven't met Dark Allen.
      • Lampshaded on one episode, where he met a woman on a dating site. Her words: "You're male, you're straight, and you've got a job."
  • Spike Thomson from Press Gang, despite being short, not particularly attractive, and insisting on wearing leather jackets and sunglasses indoors, apparently has no trouble both attracting a string of conquests that he uses to annoy Lynda, and continually stealing Colin's love interests.
  • Shawn Spencer from Psych is good-looking enough, but he's a sleazy con man who uses pickup lines that Leisure Suit Larry wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole.
  • Rene from 'Allo 'Allo! has virtually every woman in the cast at some point (and even gets a few guys chasing him) and is a fat, middle aged, balding, greedy, cowardly fool.
  • Bobby and Tig from Sons of Anarchy go through women despite Bobby being fat and middle-aged and Tig being both abusive and downright psychotic. Tig is good-looking for a man his age, though, and he has bad boy appeal.
  • Cook from the second generation of Skins is forever getting laid.
  • Det. Nick Vera on Cold Case has a succession of women despite being fat, slovenly, and so very, very uncultured, save for that one time he took a co-worker to see Wicked. Hell, outside of his wife, his longest relationship was with Kima Greggs from The Wire!
  • Woody Fink of The Suite Life on Deck is, quite surprisingly, no slouch with the ladies. What makes him this and not a Kidanova is his greasy, unkempt curly hair, obesity, flatulence, complete lack of personal hygiene, and extremely underdeveloped social skills.
  • Vic Mackey from The Shield: An amoral, malevolent ball of stocky menace, who nonetheless manages to score with a string of women. Taken to an extreme in Season 5 when he seduces the hot wife of Detective Kavanaugh played by Forrest Whitaker, implying him to also be a Kavorka Man. So essentially Vic Mackey out-Kavorkas another Kavorka man. Impressive.
  • Played for comedy in Stella, which has a Running Gag where the balding and bespectacled David Wain will lock eyes with a beautiful woman and draw her in for a passionate kiss.
  • Olly Reeder from The Thick of It is a weaselly, pale, bespeckled prick who looks like a twelve year old...and over the course of the series dates both Hot Scoop Angela Heaney and Emma Messinger from the Opposition. This is really very good going in a series that seldom bothers to look at anyone's private lives (because most of them don't have private lives). This does just apply to the character rather than Chris Addison, the actor who plays him and is something of a Bishounen.
  • In the How I Met Your Mother episode "The Naked Man," a guy named Mitch (who's broke, out of shape, balding, talks about nothing but fantasy football, and it's implied, doesn't have a very impressive male organ) still manages to hook up with Robin and, he tells us, a bevy of past dates by using the Naked Man technique.
    • Step 1: Arrange a date with a woman.
    • Step 2: Find an excuse to go up to the woman's apartment.
    • Step 3: Wait until the woman leaves the room.
    • Step 4: Strip completely naked.
    • Step 5: When the woman returns, your sheer bravado (and a little bit of pity on her part) will get her to strip naked. And then it's on! (Two out of three times, anyway)
    • He admits that he is one of these.
    • Barney was originally envisioned as one, being described as John Belushi type, but Neil Patrick Harris got the part.
  • Life On Mars and Ashes to Ashes:
    • DCI Gene Hunt is "an overweight, over-the-hill, nicotine-stained, borderline-alcoholic homophobe with a superiority complex and an unhealthy obsession with male bonding" who treats women "like beanbags". The number of times he has spoken to a woman without mentioning something rude can be counted on one hand, and even the people who genuinely like him find him brutish. Tales of his sexual prowess mostly come from himself, but the staggering number of female fans willing to give it up for the Gene Genie possibly make him a semi-real-life example.
    • There was a nice inversion of this trope with chain-smoking, butch WPC Phyllis Dobbs. She nevertheless refers to herself as a "sex goddess" and has a healthy appetite for it, which even Gene acknowledges in his backhanded manner.
      Gene: Does he let his seeing-eye dog watch?
      Phyillis: His dog's giving your mam one. From behind.
      Gene: (to no one in particular) Whatever happened to all the classy birds?
  • The Office (US)
    • Todd Packer is a bald, overweight, incredibly chauvinistic jerkass. This does not stop him from scoring with, we're told, whole crowds of women. (It's either implied or outright stated that he hits on pretty much every woman he meets, so even if he's only successful one time in a hundred, it still adds up).
    • Dwight. He's weird-looking, creepy, borderline psychotic, but virtually every time he bothers to pursue a woman, he's successful. To the point where he once had an entire WNBA team clamoring for his phone number. This seems to just be an aspect of his hypercompetence.
  • 30 Rock: Frank is overweight, sees women as mere objects, has terrible hair and wears those weird hats. He also has "a lot of irons in the fire."It helps that his preferences run towards fat, past middle-aged women.
  • On The Golden Girls episode "Love me Tender" Dorothy dates a short, bald man who is still pining over his ex-wife (played by John Fiedler, aka Piglet ... or, for those who remember the Bob Newhart Show, Mr. Peterson). Yet they have fantastic sex and the other girls grow extremely attracted to him, with even Sophia leaping into his arms and wrapping her legs around him to give him a hickey.
  • On Arrested Development, Tobias is arguably one, he doesn't go out seeking people, but a lot of people throughout the series just fall in love with him, e.g. Gob's wife, the marriage counselor that he sees with Lindsay, and a CIA agent.
  • Dan Stark from The Good Guys. He's been known to attract women without even intending to, much to the utter bafflement of Jack.
  • Jack Klugman as the title character in Quincy who despite being a coroner who lived on boat, and looking like Jack Klugman managed to score a lot of women.
  • My Name Is Earl:
  • VH-1's reality show The Pickup Artist was basically the idea of turning average guys with little to no game into Kavorka Men. note 
  • Scorpius from Farscape. Creepy, amoral, looks like a corpse in a bondage suit... and has had at least three lovers over the course of the show, and God knows how many more hiding away in his mysterious past.
  • Flavor Flav of the hiphop group Public Enemy, who starred in the VH-1 reality show Flavor of Love, where each season, twenty skanks (most of whom are almost half his age) fought over the affections of what must be the most unattractive man on the planet.
    • While it was a reality TV show, Flavor Flav is, by the accounts of his bandmates, a musical prodigy and actually a quite genial guy in real life, so he does have some appeal.
  • Pierce Hawthorne on Community has been divorced seven times. This means seven different women agreed to marry him in the first place.
    • In the second season he was shown to be engaged to a woman after only one date.
  • Stan and Jack in the On The Buses TV series. Both too old and ugly (especially Jack) but always have the hot birds fluttering after them.
  • Film actor Leslie Phillips (see Film above) was given a new lease of life in the 1970's as the star of his own TV sitcom, Casanova 1974, which followed the upper-class cad through a string of increasingly improbable affairs with women of half his apparent age. Phillips played Kavorka roles until well into his seventies.
  • Star Trek:
    • Quark in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a short, badly-dressed, sexist pig with humongous ears and scary-looking teeth, but he is usually seen with hot women over the course of the series. He's also an alien Ferengi, however, born into a culture where women are second-class citizens with no rights, so in that sense he's not unusual. Working around humans and other alien races in which equality of the sexes is a given, however, does make him unusual. Most of the women he is seen with are attracted to his wealth and status (and/or are on his payroll), but a few are genuinely attracted to him. Probably his most impressive feat was landing a Klingon mistress, Grilka. In a society which lauds physical strength and detests the cowardly Ferengi on principle, this is totally unheard of (although what attracted her is his courage and straight-up audacity, which are values in both cultures).
    • There is also the Running Gag of the alien barfly, Morn, always being accompanied by a stunning woman. Supposedly he's a good conversationalist.
    • Another joke is Jadzia Dax shooting down any and all advances from Dr. Bashir, only to go out on a date with Captain Boday. One of these men is a handsome doctor with a British accent and (we are led to understand) a long line of sexual conquests. The other has a see-through head. Being Really 700 Years Old, Dax has been around the block enough not to be bothered by Bizarre Alien Physiology.
    • Quark's brother Rom is another example: worse dresser than his brother, even worse teeth, and lacking the rudimentary smarts his brother has (though he does have a knack for fixing things). By the end of the series, he's married Leeta, one of Quark's Bajoran Dabo girls (who are definitely hired for their looks].
  • Franz Bieberkopf in Berlin Alexanderplatz had a string of beautiful women devoted to him despite being an overweight, unhandsome, unemployed ex-con.
  • Jeremy from Peep Show. Despite his receding hairline, spacey British teeth and a clingy, obsessed personality; Jez is consistently involved with many attractive women.
  • David Cross plays a few of these in Mr. Show (and might be one in real life) as Ronnie Dobbs, Derwin in the Lifeboat sketch and possibly Lee in "Our Secret Love." The former is a lazy, white-trash, borish celebrity who had his first wife Tammy, also ended up with a second wife played by Jenny McCarthy (and in The Movie has a girlfriend played by Nikki Cox). Terry's inexplicable attraction to Ronnie as well might also be part of this trope. The second had been in a relationship with both a woman and her mother simultaneously, and the latter had an affair with an entire family.
  • Gibby from iCarly. Even though he is chubby, socially awkward, and takes his shirt off at inappropriate moments, Tasha,who is extremely beautiful, thinks he's hot stuff. Lampshaded when Sam wonders aloud,"What is wrong with that chick?", referring to Tasha.
  • Played for Laughs in Corner Gas, where everyone in Dog River thinks that Brent is the most good-looking man in town, to the point of Attractiveness Isolation as all the women think he is way out of their league. Lacey, being from Toronto, can't understand what the hell is so attractive about an overweight, balding gas station owner who eats his own weight in chili cheese dogs every day. She eventually comes to the conclusion that all of the other men in Dog River are so much more repulsive that Brent looks like the perfect man when compared to them. The other women pretend to agree with her, but as soon as she leaves they dismiss it as a load of crap. Sometime between the end of the series and the movie, Brent and Lacey end up dating anyway.
  • Frasier:
    • Frasier Crane is sort-of good looking, in an offbeat way, and yes, he's very cultured. But come on: Tea Leoni, Sela Ward, Amy Brenneman, Virginia Madsen, Terri Hatcher, Jean Smart, Patricia Clarkson, Jennifer Tilly, Lisa Edelstein, and Laura Linney just to name the memorable ones?
    • Despite being financially well off and a brilliant lawyer, Donnie is short, chubby, and not particularly attractive. During the course of the show, he dates Roz, nearly marries Daphne, and ends up with another very good-looking woman.
  • Father Ted has the Speed parody's villain Pat Mustard, as well as combining this with Cheating with the Milkman. He's revealed to be sleeping with a significant number of women on his job route, and since he's spending more time screwing instead of his job (plus Craggy Island's primary Catholic ties)) this costs him his job when his bosses found out.
  • Many a joke on Guy Code is directed at panelist Jon Gabrus being married to a total hottie.
  • Leonard Hofstadter in The Big Bang Theory. Despite being an ubernerd, he still makes it with a respectable number of attractive women. Hell, he even looks like a young Henry Kissinger.
  • Jennifer Putnam in the Franklin & Bash episode "Jennifer of Troy," a middle-of-the-road plain-Jane who turns heads through her confidence and charm. She sues a men's magazine for wrongful termination because she believes they were intimidated by her beauty.

    Music 
  • Hilariously played with in the song by Adrián y los Dados Negros "¿Por qué me siguen las mujeres?!" (translated as "Why do women chase after me?"), where a Kavorka Man is freaked out by all the girls following him and openly wonders what the HELL do they see in him.
  • Played for bitter laughs in comedian Bill Hicks' song "Chicks Dig Jerks".
  • Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones.
  • There are a lot of legends surrounding Gene Simmons and his promiscuity. He was once voted #6 in a magazine's "Top 20 Ugliest Musicians" article. Then again, we're talking about a man whose most famous body part is his tongue.
  • A lot of rock stars fit this trope. Wealth and fame don't hurt when it comes to getting some, after all. Neither does talent.
  • The hip-hop world probably showcases it even more so these days.
    • The majority of the rappers that actually have some talent these days aren't exactly attractive (Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, I'm looking at you), but the women they've hooked up with are beyond attractive (Jay-Z married Beyoncé!).
    • The Notorious BIG was famous for sleeping with every attractive female in hip hop despite being a fat, ugly man, and often made mention of this (particularly the fat and ugly part) in his rap. Of course, it also helps to be known for having what Method Man called "personality like a motherfucker."
  • Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead manages to be even uglier than Simmons, sporting a number of huge warts, yet by some estimates has had sex with between 1,200 and 2,000 women.
    • A woman famously crawled on-stage and began to fellate him mid-concert. It must be his gnarly riffs.
    • Similar to the Lemmy example, Mick Hucknall of Simply Red claimed to have slept with 2000 women. This was widely joked about when it was reported, because he is not conventionally attractive, especially in England where red haired men are often considered ugly. However, due to his fame nobody could deny that it was at least possible.
  • Calypso singer Lord Melody had the gimmick of being popular with women but considered ugly. A lot of his songs have women thinking he was ugly and wanted him just for his money. He also had a number of fat women who slept with him just so he could buy food for them. It is hard to know how many of his song lyrics are true and how many are not, but he nevertheless had several children in real life.
  • As Eddie Murphy stated in his stand-up act, "All you have to do is sing." His Ur example is Mick Jagger.
  • Joe Jackson's "Is She Really Going Out With Him" is about the narrator's distaste for one of these.
  • Argentine party classic ¿Qué tendrá el petiso? ("What does the short guy have?") by Ricky Maravilla has the (supposedly handsome) singer wondering what's with the bald, toothless, ugly short guy that gets all women. It turns out, he has a lot of money.
  • Reggae artist pioneer Shabba Ranks. Known for being very unattractive in the face, but has a reputation of having lots of women, because of his status as the original Dancehall King.
  • Frank Zappa: Once said that beautiful people should beware, "because there's a lot more ugly motherfuckers like us around." He himself wasn't an attractive man either. He had a big nose, long black hair, a moustache and a goatee, a large chin and had a menacing stare when he wasn't amused. Still, there were women who found him attractive, like Nigey Lennon, and that young girl in make-up in the BabySnakes concert movie.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Wimpy from Popeye is an overweight, squinty-eyed moocher, and yet can easily sweet talk any lady that he wishes.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Scott Steiner. Steroided all to hell, loud, abrasive, obnoxious, can't go 5 seconds without insulting somebody, prone to random fits of violence... and he has "freaks" in every town just waiting for him to show up and show them a good time.
  • "Ravishing" Rick Rude may have been the WWF's biggest primadonna of the 1980s, complete with a big ol' Pornstache and a smug look on his face with every appearance he made. And yet, the cameras caught women drooling over him (and his obnoxiously ripped abs) every time he came out.
  • Ric Flair. In his prime, he became infamous for being a wealthy, pompous prick who bragged up his riches and fame ("These shoes cost more than your house!") whenever he wasn't talking about how great he was in the ring. Sure enough, he often had women hanging off of him on his way to the ring for big matches.
  • More so than the above (except Steiner perhaps) is Greg Excellent. A heavy hairy flabby man who is a proud slob. Yet women, even those filled with murderous intent for him, just can't help but losing themselves and kissing him. On the other hand, excellent can't help it either, it just happens.

    Radio 
  • Recurring character Lady Constance deCoverlet in I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again. Described as utterly hideous and with a screeching voice partway between Lady Bracknell and a sexually compromised duck, she still manages to get her man, if only by sheer persistence. Voiced by Tim Brooke-Taylor, she was a firm audience favourite.
  • The Burkiss Way had its male equivalent in the appalling Eric Pode Of Croydon. Despite his grimy malformed ugliness and a voice suggesting several contagious respiratory diseases had decided on a party in his lungs, he still got girlfriends. In one memorable episode he even morphed into Lady Constance from ISIRTA (see above), indicating that the writers had recognised they were two halves of a split soul.

    Theater 
  • Shakespeare's Richard III is a hunchbacked, evil gnome of a man, and yet he woos the lady while simultaneously talking to the audience. Keep in mind that Richard's designs on the throne are in part motivated by his ugliness and poor record with women. ("If I cannot play the lover in these fair well-spoken days, I am determined the play the villain, and hate these well-spoken days.") Literally over her father-in-law's dead body — murdered by Richard's own hand, no less — which, for an extra-romantic atmosphere, happens to be still oozing blood from its wounds. Apparently, Anne just can't resist a Magnificent Bastard. Some productions like to play with the idea that Anne herself is ruthless enough to accept Richard's hand just so that she can have a tiara again.
  • In Lady in the Dark, Charley Johnson's female colleagues react with various degrees of offense to his habit of making drunken passes at them. However, he has little trouble getting pretty models to go out with him, even after pinching one on the behind.

    Video Games 
  • This essentially applies for any game where you can make your character as ugly as the character creator allows and pursue Romance Sidequests with no problems whatsoever.
  • Ernie Eaglebeak of The Spellcasting Series, a scrawny geek in Nerd Glasses that still manages to bed dozens of gorgeous women in his travels.
  • Jimmy Hopkins of Bully. Part of gaining control over each clique is wooing the top girl in it. He's nice, sure, but there's probably a reason for that. He barely has to do anything except offer a few compliments to get near any girl he wants to start making out with him in public.
  • The main character in the Visual Novel Runaway City is blessed with incredible luck, resulting in being able to seduce just about every woman he meets. The game subverts the normal Unwanted Harem when the Genki Girl, Tsundere and Bokukko all start to mutate into his favored type of girl just to please him. It becomes even worse when women he would never have a chance with spontaneously fall in love with him the second he expresses attraction to them. This results in him seeing his ability as Blessed with Suck; it makes every conquest he has akin to rape.
  • Curtis, the protagonist of Phantasmagoria 2, has a girlfriend, another female coworker and a gay/bisexual male friend all attracted to him (and according to the actor who plays, even the Jerk Ass male coworker who keeps insulting and sabotaging his work does so to hide his attraction to Curtis), even though it's difficult to imagine anyone more generic in terms of looks and personality. It turns out he's an Artificial Human built from Magi Tech by Starfish Aliens, so it might not be a natural effect.
  • Mario: A short, chubby Italian plumber nevertheless manages to be a Chick Magnet, especially in the Paper Mario games. Apparently, they dig the 'stache.
  • Ebisumaru from Ganbare Goemon. This short, chubby, and effeminate guy is very popular with the ladies. The same goes for his Evil Twin.
  • Mad Scientist Hojo in Final Fantasy VII. Despite being middle-aged and creepy, he is shown to be surrounded by adoring, bikini clad young women when on his vacation. The backstory also reveals Lucrecia picked him over Vincent. The original game hints that he was a looker but in Dirge of Cerberus he still looked middle aged and creepy even in his youth and didn't even attempt to hide his repulsive personality.
  • Zabel Zarock is Capcom's Darkstalkers' Kavorka Man. The Australian zombie lusts after fellow undead and Chinese Jiang Shi Lei Lei, much to her annoyance. This "relationship" is further explored in Namco X Capcom.
  • Motorcyclist "Heartbreaker" Charles in Pokémon Black and White , an overweight, scruffy, middle-aged man who trained in obscure styles of Pokemon battling to impress girls, and offers to teach them to the player character.
  • This is possible in Skyrim. While it's theoretically possible to make a fairly attractive PC of any race, most don't. This leads to the fair people of Skyrim all lusting after a grizzly, heavily scarred weirdo wearing dragon bones, which also allows for female examples. Granted, Skyrim is basically a place full of Blood Knights, so these traits might be seen as sexy by the local townspeople.

    Webcomics 
  • The Walkyverse's Joe Rosenthal is a split between The Casanova and a Kavorka Man: he's got looks, brains and superhuman strength, but he took an approach that was so direct that it should have earned him a lot of slaps in the face. It never did. This may actually be one of his superpowers, though.
  • Tip from Skin Horse, despite being a metrosexual Wholesome Crossdresser. It was revealed that he transcends species. And, in humans, gender.
  • Joe in Punch an' Pie. He's a huge guy with an irritatingly uptight manner who nonetheless claims that few women can resist his "charms." The gigantic fistful of phone numbers he gathered in a few hours attests that he is telling the truth.
  • Jason from Something*Positive is pretty similar. He has, as Aubrey explains, the right physique to play Santa Claus, and while he can be a really nice guy, he's also known to play horrible tricks on his friends and basically be an egotistical jerk. Still, he gets lots of girls until he gets married. He claims it's because he worked out a psychological formula which allows him to instantly plug into any woman's attraction, though we've never actually seen this process work onscreen. May have something to do with the fact that he has endowments that have been known to frighten webcam girls and offers his partners a contract promising a "minimum of two orgasms per encounter".
  • The trope is discussed in Manly Guys Doing Manly Things between Marv, Kratos, the Commander, and Jonesy. Marv is convinced the trope is bullshit. Jonesy claims it isn't and Marv could be one if he wouldn't let his self-esteem get the better of him. The Commander's only response is "Kratos gets girls", and when Kratos tells him to stop using him as an example, the Commander replies that Kratos should stop being an example.
  • Gary of Ménage à 3 manifested this trope after he started attracting female attention, being a plain-looking geek with a haircut that would fit in an Archie comic from the 70s, and no significant social skills, who nonetheless began to accumulate an accidental harem. However, Art Evolution made him look increasingly toned, in a cute sort of way, while he gained an in-comic reputation as an oral sex master, making his appeal less and less inexplicable as the story progressed.

    Web Originals 
  • Chad Vader. He's an awkward, deformed Nerd who works as the day manager in a grocery store and can't survive without his suit, and yet the ladies seem to like him quite a bit.
  • Pom Pom from Homestar Runner seems to be very popular with the ladies for a giant yellow ball with stubby arms...
  • Goes both ways with Spoony's Spooning With Spoony. His persona is a smarmy, self-admitted rapist who makes videos about his sexual conquests and enjoys taunting them on how stupid they've been. Out of the six people he's spooned, That Chick With The Goggles, Benzaie and Bennett The Sage loved every second of it. On the other hand, The Nostalgia Critic got roofied and was so traumatized that he was mute for a while, The Nostalgia Chick ended up breaking down in tears and Angry Joe tried to kill him.
    Never go drinking with the Spoony One!
  • Big Fat Reverend Burn is a highly unattractive, morbidly obese and pizza-faced individual... who talks about his experiences with women almost as much as he jokes about his own weight.
    Do you have any idea how awkward it is to make a sandwich while your penis is inside a woman?! No!
  • The titular Italian Spiderman is an obese, perverted, misogynistic Jerk Ass superhero. Doesn't stop him from seducing women and having an entire harem living on his house.
  • Josh Macedo, a former blogger from Tumblr, was this at the peak of his fame, some people have observed that one possible reason for his popularity with women was his outward image of a die-hard male feminist ally. He managed to keep his fame and image until his scandal with underage fans which completely destroyed his reputation.
  • Corbin Scargill of Mix Beer With Liquor And You Will Get Sicker is described as being extremely short, greasy, unkempt and having a hooked nose, but he doesn't seem to notice, or care, how he looks. His self confidence rubs off on other people, and few seem to care after spending a little time with him. He has causally admitted that he has been around the block a few times, and his actions certainly attest to possessing a degree of experience there.

    Western Animation 
  • Granddad of The Boondocks manages to have several relationships with attractive women, most of who are half his age or less. Although as we've seen in flashbacks, he was quite a looker.
  • Family Guy:
    • Brian from has dated a fair number of human women considering he's a dog.
    • Chris is sometimes this. Many women (and two guys) have had some sort of attracion to him, despite being fat and looking very much like his father.
    • Quagmire is a extreme example.
  • Bender from Futurama. He's a rude, amoral, alcoholic, kleptomaniac robot who's hooked up with several fembots and even a few human women, though this may be chalked up to All Girls Want Bad Boys.
    • They also lampshade Kissinger's success when Nixon is lauding his diplomatic skills.
    Head of Nixon: Looking like that, he talked his way into Jill St. John's bed. Enough said!
  • King of the Hill: Despite Cotton Hill's advanced age, looks, lack of shins, and extremely unpleasant personality, he still scores with various prostitutes and had at least three serious relationships.
  • Principal Fakey on Moral Orel. He's not particularly attractive, tends to give horrible advice and make bad decisions, but marries a attractivenote  woman (Millie Spraybooth-Fakey) and cheats on her with Nurse Bendy, who many other characters find attractive. The latter didn't seem to get anything out of her affair with him, which might be explained by this trope.
  • Shaggy from Scooby-Doo. He has been paired with more women than pretty much anyone else in the Hanna-Barbera line, including: Daphne (in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo), Googie and Sadie Mae in the Superstars 10 films, Mei Ling and a clerk girl in What's New, Crystal in Alien Invaders, Madelyn in Abracadabra-Doo, and later even attempted with Velma in the Mystery Inc. continuity.
  • The Simpsons: Homer is stupid, obnoxious, lazy, doesn't know how to raise children and endangered everybody's live multiple times. Yet Marge still finds him attractive and other woman apparently too. (Although, by his own admission, he was rejected by most women before he met Marge, so much that he tries to give Lisa advice on how to tell a boy you aren't interested.) Specifically the women who have shown him interest were Marge, a beautiful country singer whose career was kicked off by Homer, an nuclear plant employee who shared Homer's sedentary interests, but still had a beautiful figure, Edna Krabappel, Lindsay Naegle and Cookie Kwan. When he was an opera singer, he gained tons of female fans, including one who became his manager just to stalk him. Homer has had tons of these throughout his adult life.
  • Chode on Tripping the Rift sort of explains this trope by saying that only women's attractiveness is based on looks, and men's attractiveness is instead based on how much money they have. He explains this, of course, as he is happily counting a very large amount of money the crew had just received and adds "and right now I'm one attractive guy."
  • Cal from the series Undergrads was made of this trope. Cal was able to effortlessly attract hordes of attractive college girls. Granted, Cal was somewhat handsome and good-natured — in sharp contrast to his rival Rocko, who couldn't get a date to save his life — but he frequently makes a slurping noise while talking or drools and often ends his sentences with the word "guy". Among other bad habits.
  • Dr. Venture of The Venture Bros..

Female Examples

    Comic Books 
  • Bianca Castafiore of The Adventures of Tintin. Despite neither being much of a looker nor very compelling company, she has quite a few male characters clearly enchanted, including Calculus and Colonel Sponsz. Granted, Calculus's reaction to General Alcazar's wife Peggy suggests he just may have a very unique taste in women.

    Fan Works 
  • Daria fanfic God Save The Esteem a series of unlikely events results in the chubby, bespectacled background character Cindy Brolsma becoming the most popular girl in school by default and being asked out by nearly every boy in school. Cindy is understandably confused, but takes it in stride.

    Film 
  • Shannon Mullins from The Heat.
  • Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect, though her success with men is somewhat lampshaded by her confident personality and zany sense of humor.

    Literature 
  • Bridge of Birds: Lotus Cloud, the so-called "most expensive woman in China" looks like exactly what she started out in life as - a broad-footed, flat-faced peasant, so plain as to make a mud fence look attractive. The hero/narrator looks at her and finds himself wondering why anyone wastes any time on her When She Smiles directly at him- he immediately throws himself to his knees at her feet and wraps his arms around her thighs, declaring his unending love and devotion to her. She nicknames him Boopsie.
  • Bella from Twilight could count. She describes herself as 'plain,' is a complete bitch to everyone, and yet she has boys flocking to her. Heck, five guys ask her to the school dance in the very first book! She has three men (Edward and Jacob, of course, and Mike continuously shows interest well into the series) remain vying for her attention months after her arrival, when she remains standoffish and rather rude. However, it's heavily implied that she's much more attractive than she gives herself credit for.
  • Myrtle Wilson of The Great Gatsby is described as being rather fat and not particularly attractive physically, but possessed of a burning vitality and gregarious personality that makes her a joy to be with.
  • Sugar in The Crimson Petal and the White is described as having "mannishly large" hands and feet, no curves, and a non-contagious yet incredibly obvious skin disease which causes her body to be permanently afflicted with angry red stripes. Yet she not only finds lucrative work as a prostitute, but becomes incredibly popular with wealthy and intelligent clients, since she's one of the few women who provide good companionship and can interact with them as an intellectual equal. Completely Averted in the TV adaptation, however, where she's played by the very attractive Romola Garai.
  • In The Flea Palace by Elif Shafak, Edith is a not only this but also a Millionaire Playboy. She uses her wealth to welcome a crowd of men to her house (prefers intellectuals) and they're fascinated for no known reason and want to sleep with her although she's extraordinarily ugly.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Office (US): Meredith, arguably the least attractive female Dunder Mifflin employee but really gets around.
  • 30 Rock: It is once lampshaded that Liz Lemon is female example of this trope. She is usually made out to be ugly and unattractive or having a poor personality, and yet she certainly has had a lot of conquests.
  • Mimi from The Drew Carey Show is obese and slathers on makeup with a trowel (not to mention being kind of a sadistic Jerk Ass), yet has a long list of sexual conquests, including no less than three famous rock musicians, one of whom she was married to for a couple weeks. This was lampshaded when a woman she briefly hired for a "Mini Mimi" joke showed up again in a later episode and revealed she had ended up maintaining the look when it inexplicably led to her getting more partners.
  • My Mad Fat Diary: Rae herself, who despite being overweight and homely, is shown interest from Archie, Finn and Mrs Dewhurst.
  • Big Boo from Orange Is the New Black - a self-professed diesel dyke that is neither beautiful nor a particularly endearing person, she still ties the other skirt chaser Nicky in a contest for most women screwed.
  • My Name Is Earl: Patty The Daytime Hooker. She's a Hollywood Homely Streetwalker who is obviously in her 40's or 50's, and she's very open about being a prostitute. Yet she's slept with every straight and bisexual man in Camden...and all of them enjoyed it (even when she turned out not to be the comely young beauty in her newspaper ads).
  • Leslie Winkle from The Big Bang Theory as she is rather average looking with an unlikable attitude, and yet Leonard and Howard went out with her for a while and she boasts about having slept with different people in the majority of the time she appears.

     Mythology 
  • In Egyptian Mythology, the goddess Tawaret takes the form of a hippo with saggy breasts like those of an old woman. Yet she has multiple lovers (most notably Sobek), and she is pretty much always pregnant. So she must have been doing something right!

    Video Games 
  • Mass Effect: No matter how ugly you make her, Commander Shepard can always get the guy (and a couple of girls), regardless of race even. To the point that her own squadmates will get a crush on her.
  • Medieval II: Total War: Princesses who have the "Flawed Features" or even "Hideous" traits can nevertheless have a high Charm score. That is, even though they're considered physically unattractive in-universe, they can still make up for it with other traits (such as intelligence, loyalty, diplomatic skill, charisma, courage, passion, warmness, humility, etc) and thus stand a good chance of finding a suitor.
  • This is possible in Skyrim. While it's theoretically possible to make a fairly attractive PC of any race, most don't. This leads to the fair people of Skyrim all lusting after a grizzly, heavily scarred weirdo wearing dragon bones, which also allows for female examples. Granted, Skyrim is basically a place full of Blood Knights, so these traits might be seen as sexy by the local townspeople.

    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy: Meg is sometimes a strange example. Although guys are normally disgusted by her, she sometimes gets dates like it's nothing.
  • The Simpsons: Patty and Selma. Many Springfieldians consider them to be ugly, yet they have dated many people over the years.


Alternative Title(s):

Seductive Slob, Ugly Casanova