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->''"You've got Shiksappeal. Jewish men love the idea of meeting a woman that's not like their mother."''
-->-- '''George Costanza''', ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''

The tendency of some Jewish male characters in media to be paired with a non-Jewish female character ("Shiksa" in Yiddish). Typically, shiksas represent the exotic outsider to the insular Jewish community. Jews looking to break free of the bonds of Jewish society might do so through association with shiksas. A gentile partner might also be a status symbol in areas where Jews are still discriminated against. Other Jewish men might simply be more attracted to women without Semitic features. Shiksas are often [[PhenotypeStereotype blonde and blue-eyed]], traits more rare among Jews, to distinguish them from the Jewish norm.

The word "shiksa" comes from the Hebrew word for "abomination," as these gentile temptresses were feared to be stealing away all the {{Nice Jewish Boy}}s. Like most cultures, Jewish society traditionally looks down on members marrying outsiders, seeing it as a rejection of their heritage and community. Mixed couples won't necessarily perpetuate the traditions and beliefs that bind Jewish society together. In fact, children to a non-Jewish mother aren't Jewish themselves by religious law. It's a really insulting term, on par with "slut" or "whore." If one character is calling a woman a shiksa, you can bet they're not particularly fond of her.

The champion of Jewish beauty, and rival to the ''Shiksa Goddess'' is the ''Shayna Maidel'' (Yiddish slang [cf. dialectal German "schöne Mädel"], it literally means "a pretty girl", though typically applied to a Jewish woman).

The inversion of ''Shiksa Goddess'' is MatzoFever, which is about non-Jews having this reaction to Jews.



[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/AContractWithGod'', Frimme Hersh, who has lived an extremely devout life, abandons his faith after a CynicismCatalyst and immediately takes up a shiksa mistress, in addition to other questionable life choices. It's not clear whether he's doing this because he thinks gentile women are beautiful, or because he just wants to stick it to God and the religious community as much as possible.
* Marlene Alraune to the Jewish - albeit not very observant - Marc Spector, a.k.a. ComicBook/MoonKnight.
* In ''ComicBook/TheCrew'', Kasper Cole is dating a black woman who frequently butts heads with his Jewish mother.

[[folder: Film ]]

* Creator/JuddApatow is in love with this trope, with ''Film/KnockedUp'' probably the most notable example. One need only look to the fact that he married Leslie Mann to see the inspiration.
* ''Film/AnnieHall'': The contrast between Annie's white-bread Midwestern WASP family and (Allen's character) Alvy's Brooklyn Jewish family is frequently PlayedForLaughs. One of the working titles was even ''Me and My Goy''. Some other films by Creator/WoodyAllen also qualify. His two longest relationships have been with Mia Farrow and Soon-yi Previn who are both non-Jews.
* ''[[Film/TheHeartbreakKid1972 The Heartbreak Kid]]'' might be the TropeCodifier. A self-centered young Jewish man leaves his NiceJewishGirl new bride for a blonde goddess that he sees on the beach. While he's on his honeymoon.
* The wedding in ''Film/AmericanWedding'' is all about this, which is mildly ironic, as the Gentile bride is played by the Half-Irish/Half-Jewish Creator/AlysonHannigan and the Jewish groom is played by the Roman Catholic, Italian-American Jason Biggs, who is often mistaken for a Jew.
* ''Film/BordelloOfBlood'' is an interesting example of this and MatzoFever in the romance between Katherine Verdoux and Rafe Guttman. For such a gleefully trashy film, it's got a very interesting subtext about interconfessional romance.
* Yoine Shagal, the Jewish innkeeper of ''Film/TheFearlessVampireKillers'', is comically lusting after his Christian maidservant, the beautiful blonde Magda, though considering what his wife looks like he'll probably take anything.
* In ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'', a Jewish character states that Jews like Asian girls because they're smart and not Jewish. The Jewish fraternity party seems to be entirely populated by Jewish guys and Asian girls.

[[folder: Literature ]]

* Creator/JudithKrantz likes to put them in almost every book. Possibly the most memorable fetishing character is BlueBlood [[MyGirlIsASlut Jessica]] in ''Scruples'', who only boffs Jewish guys because they run in different social circles, so her reputation among the other BlueBlood types is safe. She also rates men on a scale of 1-10 and boinks Jewish nines. When asked what will happen if she ever meets a Jewish ten, she answers, "Run like a thief, I hope." Nope, when it happens she marries him.
* Creator/DanielleSteel romance and drama novel "Fine Thing" features Jewish protagonist finding the love of his life in Gentile, blonde Liz. His mother, the textbook stereotype of the meddling and dominant Jewish mother, first tries to sabotage this but then comes to dearly love Liz.
* ''Literature/{{Trilby}}'' is perhaps the UrExample.
* [[IncrediblyLamePun Tracy Bacon]] from Creator/MichaelChabon's ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay'' is presented as a gay male version of this trope
* The titular character from ''Jeffery Archer's'' short story, Christina Rosenthal, certainly qualifies.
* Alex Portnoy in ''Literature/PortnoysComplaint'' talks at length about his attraction to non-Jewish women and his three Christian girlfriends, whom he nicknamed the Monkey, the Pumpkin, and the Pilgrim.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/DowntonAbbey''
** Lady Rose becomes a near ''perfect'' example (blonde, blue-blooded and British)[[note]]Daughter of a Scottish marquess, to be exact[[/note]] when she hooks up with the Jewish Atticus Aldridge in Series 5.
** The Countess Cora Crawley has an Episcopalian Mother and a late Jewish Father. She tells off a guest at her niece's wedding for implying that it must be "embarrassing" for a girl from the family to marry a Jewish man.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': Elaine's "Shiksappeal" attracts three Jewish men in one episode; it starts with a boy who immediately prior became a man by Jewish tradition, then that boy's father, ''and then'' the rabbi she spoke to regarding the previous two. [[note]] Originally she was written as Jewish and that [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]] is related to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis-Dreyfus one of the most notable Jewish families in France]], though not Jewish herself.[[/note]] Even Jerry's attracted to her in this episode; after his girlfriend makes him get more in touch with his feelings, he actually proposes to Elaine.
* Sandy and Kirsten Cohen of ''Series/TheOC''
* ''Series/SexAndTheCity'':
** Charlotte [[ConvertingForLove converts to Judaism for Harry]], who she ends up marrying. Charlotte to Harry: "I give up Jesus for you, and you can't even give up the Mets?!"
** In an early season, Charlotte sleeps with an Orthodox Jewish artist whose work she's evaluating.
* Series/{{House}} notes that Cuddys' mom is "...a Shiksa." Apparently she converted when she married Cuddy's father. [[ObnoxiousInLaws She's also a bitch.]]
* On ''Series/TheNanny'', Fran frequently refers to Maggie as a Shiksa Goddess. This ended up becoming foreshadowing when Maggie actually does marry a Jewish boy in the final season.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** Howard Wolowitz calls Penny a Shiksa Goddess.
--->''(to Raj)'': You're missing the point! A Shiksa goddess is not an actual goddess. We ''prey on'' them, not ''to'' them.
** Howard ends up with Bernadette. They initially connect over freaking out their families. Bernadette, being Catholic, is thrilled at the prospect of freaking out ''her'' parents. Their relationship has since moved beyond that joke.
* On ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Harry teases Dick and Tommy for dating "blonde shiksa goddesses" Mary and August. Possibly a subversion, as they're not really Jewish, or even human. Their landlady dubbed them with a Jewish identity because they had the last name "Solomon", and she didn't know they took it off [[LineOfSightName the side of a truck]] (of the actors playing the Solomons, only Creator/JosephGordonLevitt is Jewish in RealLife).
* In an episode of ''Series/ColdCase'' it's learned that the victim of the week had been disowned by his father because of his (the victim's) intent to abandon plans to attend dental school, and marry a non-Jewish woman, whom he (the father) outright describes as a "Shiksa".
* Referenced by name in ''Series/BeingHumanUS'': [[WolfMan Josh]]'s sister Emily thinks he's jealous because [[LipstickLesbian she hooked up with a Shiksa Goddess]] before he did.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has Puck (who's Jewish) having feelings for blonde and Christian Quinn
* ''Series/QueerAsFolk'': Melanie calls Lindsay her shiksa goddess at one point.
* On ''Series/TheWestWing'', Josh and CJ quarrel and he calls her "shiksa feminista". He immediately acknowledges that he has gone too far.
* ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'': the uber-Jew Larry is married to Cheryl, a level-headed, middle-American WASP. Their clash of cultures and personalities drive many plots.
* It's never elaborated on but Lenny Briscoe on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had a Jewish father and a Catholic mother. (At one point this causes a bigoted lawyer to link Lenny to an alleged Jewish conspiracy due to his last name; Lenny is understandably pissed, and points out to [=McCoy=] that he's not even Jewish.)
* The mistress of a Hasidic rebbe in an episode of ''Series/BlueBloods'' is referred to as such.
* ''Series/MadMen'' featured some relationships involving Gentiles and Jewish people.
** The straightest example is Peggy Olson. RaisedCatholic, blue-eyed, and of Irish Catholic and Norwegian ancestry, she dates the culturally-Jewish Abe Drexler from Season 4 through Season 7A. Also, in a one-off moment, Peggy's colleague Michael Ginsburg's AlterKocker father had a [[DirtyOldMan very interesting reaction when he saw her]].
** Briefly discussed when blue-eyed, WASP-y Betty Draper talks about a NiceJewishBoy from high school she dated. Apparently, the following year, all the Jewish girls dyed their hair blonde.
** Inverted for two relationships, with Gentile men and Jewish women: Don Draper had an affair with the Jewish department-store owner Rachel Menken in Season 1, and a few years later ultra-WASP Roger Sterling divorced his wife to marry his Jewish secretary Jane Siegel. These fit since both Don and Roger are very much un-Jewish in appearance and very much conventionally attractive (with the caveat that Roger is a SilverFox), to say nothing of both being wealthy and powerful businessmen.
* ''Series/TheMarvelousMrsMaisel'':
** Midge's husband Joel leaves her for his ditzy "Methodist" secretary, which she finds particularly insulting. Joel's own parents are politely but staunchly against the pairing.
** Midge's brother married a blond Gentile woman who promptly converted and is trying ''way'' too hard to be Jewish enough for her husband.

[[folder: Music ]]

* The band Music/SayAnything released a single called "Shiksa (Girlfriend)" and wondering how he landed a non-Jewish girlfriend. Ironically, Max Bemis converted to Christianity when he got married.


[[folder: Religion ]]

* The Bible has Jezebel, a Phoenician Baal-worshiping princess, marrying the Israelite King Ahab. It's a false conversion due to her intentions to wipe out the original Hebrew religion and replace it with her Canaanite religion of worshiping the idols Ba'al and Asherah. This is why "Jezebel" is often used to mean a temptress or slut. Though to be fair, Ahab married Jezebel to form a political alliance with Phoenicia, not because he loved her.
* Ruth, the Moabite daughter-in-law of the Jewish widow Naomi, who later on marries Noami's kinsman Boaz. There's also the wives of Joseph (married an Egyptian) and Moses (married a Midianite/Ethiopian).
** Ruth's marriage to Boaz is a {{Subversion}}, though, as it's made clear she was a Jewish convert before she married him.


[[folder: Theater ]]

* The musical ''Theatre/TheLastFiveYears'', which actually has a song titled "Shiksa Goddess" in which Jaime reiterates that he'd take any girl as long as she wasn't Jewish.
* This was one of the principal tropes in ''Abie's Irish Rose''. Abie's father wouldn't stand for any NiceJewishBoy marrying a non-Jewish girl, so Abie has to trick his father into believing that Rose Mary Murphy is actually Rosie Murpheski. The father doesn't find out the ruse until the Jewish wedding ceremony is well underway.


[[folder: Video Game ]]

* PlayedForDrama in ''VideoGame/TheShivah''. Rabbi Stone excommunicated Jack Lauder from his synagogue for pursuing a relationship with Rajshree. As a man, Stone truly wished both of them happiness. But as a conservative rabbi, he couldn't condone their union.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Ron Stoppable is a Jew while his girlfriend Kim is a Gentile.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', all male residents of the Fifth Dimension are SpaceJews. The one female resident depicted is [[Creator/GilbertGottfried Mxy]]'s wife, Gspltsnz, who bears a striking resemblance to [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Jessica Rabbit]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' None of Kyle Broflovski's love interests have ever been Jewish. Rebecca, Bebe, Nichole, and Leslie were all gentiles. Even the two people he's most shipped with in fandom(Stan and Cartman) aren't Jewish.