Lovable Sex Maniac
aka: Lovable Pervert
Brother, what is this "intercourse"? France:
Hahaha, Italy, you don't know? It's something you do with someone you like!... So, Italy... do you like me?
The ethics of TV-land are fluid and lackadaisical, and nowhere is this more evident than in the case of the Lovable Sex Maniac. This form of The Casanova
goes above and beyond the average sleaze, engaging in the full spectrum of perversion — from dabbling in pornography to blatant sexual advances to outright molestation, sometimes of severely underaged characters. In the real world, of course, such behavior will land you in hot water — but on TV, the worst you'll get is a whack from a Hyperspace Mallet
. The only thing that keeps the Lovable Sex Maniac from being a truly disturbing Anti-Hero
is that his antics are always played for laughs — and the odd thing is, it usually works.
A Hard-Drinking Party Girl
can double as the Lovable Sex Maniac with, interestingly, very little change just because she's female, especially if the lack of men forces her
to chase after women. Compare the Chivalrous Pervert
. Contrast Handsome Lech
Compare to the Extreme Omnisexual
, who is willing to sleep with anything, but might not have sex on the brain all the time.
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Anime & Manga
- A number of A and B-list heroes fall into this. Notable examples include: Plastic Man, the Flash, and Major Disaster (who's actually the page image for All Men Are Perverts).
- Weekly from Blacksad is the epitome of this trope. He's a complete and incorrigable perv but we love him because he's cute and he knows when to get serious.
- I Luv Halloween: Take out lovable, and you got Mr Kitty, a young trick-or-treater dressed as a cat who loves to ogle at womens' cleavages. In the first volume, his head actually explodes when he witnesses a teenager flashing her bowling-ball sized breasts in anger.
- Deacon from James Stokoe's Won Ton Soup, he's a space trucker and relates many Noodle Incidents involve encounters with a myriad of different aliens.
- Toki in Albedo: Erma Felna EDF. She's a bubbly cute mouse girl who has a wide collection of lovers she is eager to romp with, but she's also deeply caring to her platonic friends as well and a consummate professional when on duty.
- Princess Molestia from this particular Tumblr (kind of NSFW). She does (almost) everything that moves (mares preferred), but is quite cheerful and (mostly) harmless in every other aspect. She's surprisingly sympathetic. She truly does care for her sister and her protege Twilight Sparkle And in a recent strip, her mother (Lauren Faust's alicorn) makes an appearance, but Celestia avoids her due to the implication that she's rather embarrassed and a little ashamed of her philandering.
Films — Live-Action
- Professor Plum in Clue puts the moves on every single woman in the movie except Mrs. Peacock and the singing telegram girl (and it turns out he already had an affair with the singing telegram girl before the movie began), gets very grabby with both Miss Scarlet and Mrs. White, doesn't even bother to hide the Male Gaze he gives Yvette, and immediately asks for the number of Miss Scarlet's brothel when she discloses its existence. Although part of his backstory involves having lost his medical license over a sex scandal, the whole thing is Played for Laughs and he never faces any harsher repercussions for his onscreen behavior then a few snarky comments from the objects of his attentions.
- G-rated example: Bingo Little from Jeeves and Wooster is infatuated with every woman he meets and, having the attention span of a moth, forgets them as soon as the next skirt shows up (though eventually he settles down and gets married).
- Bob the Skull from The Dresden Files, who mostly averts the creepiness involved with this trope by being, well, a skull. Though he did cause an orgy in a frat house last time Harry let him out. Harry bribes/rewards him for acting as Mr. Exposition by buying him trashy pornographic romance novels.
- Fitz Kreiner, from the Eighth Doctor Adventures, is a fairly mild form of this. He has a Girl of the Week in every other book, kissed a girl against her will and then set up a Did They or Didn't They? situation when she was unconscious in his bed (as a testament to the "lovable" part of the trope title, they become good friends), once ogled a thirteen-year-old girl (and mentally kicked himself for it), and has admitted to a couple of fetishes.
- Prince Dharvish from The Fire's Stone. He's not just a lovable sex maniac, he's a lovable, alcoholic, flamboyantly bisexual sex maniac. Maintains a strict code of honor concerning consent and acceptable age, much to the relief of his celibate "treaty bride" and the disappointment of a too young servant.
- Victor Mancini from Choke, though at times the lovable part comes into question. It's probably worth mentioning that he's also the half-clone of Jesus. But not really.
- Doctor Who
- Amy can sometimes fall into this. She's only attracted to a few people but she's very blatant about it. Of course there's the time she practically molested the Doctor after one particularly nasty situation was over, but her very first episode has this exchange, when the Doctor is changing:
Rory: You've just summoned ... deadly aliens, aliens of death, — and now he's taking his clothes off.
Doctor: Turn your back if it embarrasses you. (Rory turns, Amy makes no move to do so)
Rory: Those clothes belong to people, you know... (to Amy) Aren't you going to turn your back?
Amy: (looking quite pleased with what she's seeing) Nope!
- Not to mention the time that the TARDIS got trapped inside itself both spatially and temporally, and Amy and her time-displaced self started hitting on each other. Rory's response to this was to drool on the TARDIS floor.
- River. At first she seems to have Single-Target Sexuality but later episodes show her amused appreciation when she sees what she assumes to be one of her guards dressed as a Roman, (a flash of lightning reveals it to be Rory who is in fact her dad) cheerfully saying that they must have finally started reading her memos.
- Jason Stackhouse from the HBO series version of True Blood. His antics constantly get him into trouble, but he's not portrayed as a bad person, just... dumb. His book counterpart didn't have most of HBO!Jason's vices: He was just a good-natured lunkhead of a Kavorka Man who tended to think with the wrong head. Recent personal tragedy has motivated him to clean up his act.
- How I Met Your Mother
- Barney is set up as this, but in a more reasonable way — the audience loves his antics, but his friends tend to find him crude.
- Lily is also an example of this, but monogamous. She once claims that if Marshall stopped having sex with her, she would be "giving it up on the street for a nickel." Of course, monogamous doesn't necessarily mean Single-Target Sexuality. Lily has frequently made comments about, and passes at, Robin to varying degrees of perversion. This could just be that she likes Robin in particular, or that she's bi in general.
- Supernatural: Dean Winchester. Dude returns from 40 years of unspeakable torment in Hell and one of the first things he does is check out the porn rack at the convenience store. Although, he does go for food and water and cleans himself up in the bathroom. It just seemed like the porn rack was there and he said "Why not!"
- Copélia from the Brazilian Sitcom Toma Lá, Dá Cá practically is this trope given flesh, to her daughter's chagrin. She's the principle source of sexual jokes in the show, and is prone to tell stories of her past lovers and their adventures. Thing is, she's way past her age, being at least in her seventies, and still kicking.
- Fez from That '70s Show definitely qualifies: he has been caught peeping onto characters having sex many, many times, but nobody seems to dislike him for it.
- Joey from Friends talks openly and often about his many, many sexual conquests, at one point admitting to deflowering an intern on the set of his television show. His love of pornography is also the target of numerous jokes. Phoebe is also a candidate; she is almost as promiscuous as Joey, and is prone to inappropriate comments (e.g., upon catching a glimpse of Chandler's member in the bath, she comments cheerily 'Mazel tov!')
- Gender inversion: Angela on Bones, never made more evident than in the recent arc when she tries to take a temporary vow of celibacy at the staff psychiatrist's suggestion in order to help her form "more meaningful relationships". All it seems to do, as Hodgins points out, is increase her libido.
- Vince Masuka on Dexter:
Masuka: Chocolate Lava Cakes. My specialty!
Debra: You have a specialty?
Masuka: A river of chocolate love that melts in your mouth!
Debra: You can make anything sound perverted!
Masuka: (grinning) It's a gift!
- Dr. Todd Quinlan, a.k.a. "The Todd" from Scrubs. Also fits Anything That Moves. The Todd largely avoids any serious consequences for his clearly inappropriate behavior, though it is worth noting that The Todd genuinely isn't malicious or sleazy so much as he is an Idiot Man Child. In one flashback from when he was young, he would rather listen to Little Orphan Annie than to his father comment about sexy girls walking by in the park. So he wasn't always that way.
- Dan Fielding on Night Court. If you looked up "hornball" in an American Dictionary in the 1980s you'd see his picture. By the last season of the series, he had plotlines that didn't involve attempts to get laid about as often as Captain Kirk had plotlines that didn't involve space travel.
- Dick Martin's persona on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.
- Chiana from Farscape. Her main method of learning information or negotiation generally involves a laaarge helping of extremely blatant flirting/sexual propositions. Upon meeting Crichton's 13-year old nephew, she is shocked to discover he's still a virgin.
- Kaylee Frye from Firefly. Introduced to Captain Mal while having sex with the former mechanic, and totally open about her sexual frustration — to the point where in the movie she laments how it's been almost a year since she's had anything "twixt my nethers weren't run on batteries!"
- Howard from The Big Bang Theory. He calms down a bit when he gets into a long-term relationship with Bernadette.
- Jay from The Inbetweeners is sex-obsessed and mostly a Jerkass, but he's quite harmless and his lies about sex often are so ridiculous (for example he claims that a blowjob means that you urinate into a girl's mouth) that one cannot really take him seriously and as such, he is the source of a lot of humor. The movie also shows that he actually has a Hidden Heart of Gold which makes the "lovable" part more obvious.
- Many of (male) characters played by Benny Hill on The Benny Hill Show, whether he portrayed a Dirty Old Man, an Accidental Pervert or a hormone-addled teenager. Always played for laugh, of course.
- Quark from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a Ferengi, and wears the dual Ferengi hats of avarice and lechery, but he's good-natured enough to mainly be one of the heroes.
- Lemmy of Motörhead brags to have slept with well over a thousand women. They keep coming for him to this day.
- There was an Urban Legend for twenty years about British musician Sting that claimed he could have sex for five hours straight due his practice of Tantra. His wife Trudie Styler eventually publically debunked it, claiming it was an exaggeration that came out of something he had said to a friend while both of them were drinking.
- Most, if not all members of Hollywood Undead are portrayed as such in certain songs. Charlie Scene, however, is definitely the worst offender, even getting an entire song based around this concept:
- Jerry Lawler. Despite being old enough to be the father — or, in some cases, grandfather — of the female wrestlers, still inevitably leers over them on commentary, often to a disturbing degree. Even his broadcast partner is uncomfortable sometimes. Oddly, none of the women seem to watch the tape and complain about his behavior in public. These days he's not quite as bad about it as he used to be, possibly due to WWE going PG, and he has lampshaded his formerly perverse nature on at least one occasion (suggesting that it's mostly a product of Kayfabe). Even at his worst he was also known for getting in the ring and defending women, when other wrestlers physically threatened them. Even if it meant getting beaten up, which makes him a Chivalrous Pervert.
- Minor character Nene, the school nurse, from Kara no Shoujo apparently "helps the female students relieve stress", and when Reiji comes in right after they've finished makes a similar proposition to him.
- Kurugaya from Little Busters, who occasionally gropes the girls around her, often teases Riki, and refuses to be considered for Kud's roommate because she doesn't think she could hold herself back against someone so cute.
- Red vs. Blue
- Sister will do Anything That Moves. She's also a lovable (or annoying, depending on your view point) ditz who does things like mistakenly enlisting in the wrong army in an attempt to follow her brother, agree to have sex with Tucker on the battlefield so he wont "die a virgin", and hold raves in an empty military base.
- Tucker himself is worthy of mention. This is a guy who hits on most any woman he meets, including Tex, who could easily kill him if she so chose, and has admitted to punching him while he sleeps. And who can forget his almost memetic catch phrase? When you hear the words "Bow Chika Bow Wow!" you know Tucker is around. And the less said about Junior's origin, the better.
- Bittersweet Candy Bowl
- Paulo, to an extent — he certainly plays himself off this way, and likes to think of himself this way. But when he actually is presented with the opportunity to have sex, he is reluctant.
- On the other hand, Rachel actually is a gigantic slut.
- Kiel'ndia from Drowtales is a prepubescent/larval version of this, having declared her intentions to gather a harem of princes (and one princess) and blatantly hit on not only Nau'kheol, but also expressed interest in his sister Chry'stel.
- Jerry from El Goonish Shive., the Immortal who invented a Hyperspace Mallet spell just so women could harmlessly "punish" men for lewd jokes instead of doing something that would actually discourage them.
- Karin-dou 4koma: Elza is a nymphomaniac hermaphrodite who Sleeps With Everyone But Mifi and goes into withdrawal without sex. Rindou is a shameless lolicon who constantly proposes to or sexually harasses little girls.
- The entire cast of Ménage ŕ 3, a modern Sex Comedy, are more or less completely sex-obsessed while mostly remaining fairly likeable. On occasion, notably perhaps with Yuki in her early appearances and in relation to Zii, they fully manifest this trope.
- Zig Zag from Sabrina Online, and any other comic or media where she guest stars (such as her Lust Lass persona in Supermegatopia).
- Dillon, the title character of Sticky Dilly Buns, seems to be designed to fit this trope. When he isn't actively pursuing his neighbor Jerzy or yearning for the unattainable Gary, he's using his room-mate Ruby as a straight guy detector, trying to impress Richie the handsome pet store owner, rubbing up against Andy the (non-gay) swimming instructor, and generally flirting with every attractive male in sight, while being blond, cute, and ditzy.
- Family Guy
- Glenn Quagmire, although his later actions, which are heavily implied to include rape and other depravities, have thrown the "lovable" label into question. The writing really makes a difference, and dending on what level of flanderization the staff gives the cast, Quagmire can fit this trope.
- Herbert the elderly child molester can go toe-to-toe with any horny anime grandpa in terms of doing things that would get you chemically castrated in real life but are laughed off as harmless.
- King of the Hill: Boomhauer. "Yeah man, I tell ya what, man. That dang ol' Internet, man. You just go on there and point and click. Talk about W-W-dot-W-com. An' lotsa nekkid chicks on there, man. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. It's real easy, man."
- South Park
- Kenny McCormick is this despite being just 9 years old. He often looks at pornography (one of his post-mortem memories was of his father confronting him about stealing and vandalising Playboy magazines), he has a bikini chick on a poster in his room, and when the others tell him his first serious girlfriend is a whore, he cheers like he won the lottery. He's also knowledgeable of many sex acts and describes them in detail to his friends. Although his voice is of course muffled he makes appropriate gestures and Stan, Kyle and Cartman generally look disgusted at the information. As for the "lovable" part, see Mysterion.
- And Chef, who is totally into women, and one of the few adults who actually do something useful in the show.
- The title character of Johnny Bravo will hit on any attractive woman he meets, he is almost always rejected with a few exceptions. But either he manages to screw it up, or it would've worked out under different circumstances. Like the woman who kept shapeshifting, and the woman hired to be his birthday date but was really a secret agent. Considering where he's most successful, perhaps he should consider looking in different places entirely for successful babeage.
- Hugh Hefner is the living embodiment of this trope. He once stated that his favorite birthday gift he ever got was his current girlfriend in the grotto... along with seventeen of her closest bunny friends.
- Margaret Cho, who says she's either a sex addict or a gay man and has written adorable songs about "Your Dick" (Ooh-ooh-ooh).
- Although you could try hanging this on many movie stars, Jack Nicholson is likely the all-time Hollywood exemplar. Kim Basinger once called him "the most highly-sexed individual I have ever met."
- King Henry IV of France, founder of the Bourbon line of French monarchs, was known in his time as Le Vert-Galant ("The Green Gallant") for his insatiable love of women; despite that, also known as le bon roi Henri ("Good King Henry") across France then and to this day. At the time of his death,note he was planning to start a war with Spain to free a young woman he wanted for his bed.