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->''You vampires. Did anybody ever tell you the whole smelling people thing's a little gross?''
-->-- '''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''', "Chosen"

This is the TheNoseKnows version of MrFanservice / HelloNurse / MsFanservice. It is the reason why humans invented perfume and cologne. A character with SuperSenses will probably be attracted to a person by their smell, especially if they've got some doggish attributes. Both vampires and werewolves are likely to note that their [[LustObject victim/lover]] smells good.

In RealLife, countless species use pheromones for communication, especially for identifying when its members are able to reproduce. In fiction, this is a little more explicit... a character will 'smell sexy', and often there will be a list of exactly ''what'' that character smells like. Expect a man to lovingly bury his face in the girl's hair, or nuzzling her neck as he tells her how wonderful she smells. Often, this calls back to baser, more bestial desires and needs, although it can be 'pure and romantic'.

May be related to LoveIsInTheAir, if the 'love flu' is coming off of one person. See ArousedByTheirVoice for when a character's ''voice'' arouses other characters. May involve PervertedSniffing.



* As already mentioned, this Trope is the basis behind cologne and perfume, and thus is behind many [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible often artsy]] ads for cologne and perfume, as well as TheManYourManCouldSmellLike and other Old Spice commercials.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* A weird version is present in the second ''RebuildOfEvangelion'' movie: Mari Makinami likes Shinji's scent... because he smells like LCL. She also mentions that she doesn't mind the scent of Eva-02, even though it smells like "the previous pilot", Asuka, perhaps indicating there's something special about Shinji.
* At one point in the ''GunsmithCats'' manga, [[MadBomber Minnie-May Hopkins]] explains to her boyfriend (who works with explosives) why she loves him so much: he smells like gunpowder.
* This apparently a trait of gods in ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'' - Even scruffy drifter gods like Yato smell really nice.
* In ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' episode 96 Yuuri mentions again [[HoYay how beautiful he thinks Sara is and thinks that he smells nice]].

* In ''TheSmurfs'' comic book story "The Wild Smurf", Wild briefly smells Smurfette and then suddenly has the hots for her.
* The [[{{ComicBook/Daredevil}} Purple Man]] smells like whatever he wants to smell like... so you do whatever he wants you do.
* {{Wolverine}}'s son {{ComicBook/Daken}} has pheromones that he uses to manipulate people.

[[folder: FanFic]]
* In ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'' Klavier is comforted by the smell of Apollo's cheap violet cologne. Played with when Daryan smells Klavier's hair, he seems like that he's enjoying the smell of Klavier's expensive saffron cologne, but then it [[LipstickMark turns]] [[YourCheatingHeart into]] [[IfICantHaveYou something]] [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident else.]]
* In the ''Fanfic/AllAmericanGirl'' universe, aroused Equestrian mares emit a pheromone called phenethylamine, causing them to smell of dark chocolate.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Frollo in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' showed his lust for Esmeralda by smelling her hair [[PervertedSniffing in a very creepy fashion]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/PitchBlack'', Riddick appears to be preparing to shank the new female captain from the shadows, he simply cuts off a piece of her hair to give it a sniff when she isn't looking.
** And in ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', he tells Lady Vaako "It's been a long time since I've smelled beautiful."
* In ''[[OceansEleven Ocean's Thirteen]]'', Linus uses a powerful pheromone that makes Abigail Sponder go crazy for him, successfully distracting her and buying time for the other team members.
* In ''Film/GregorysGirl'', Gregory uses this to describe Dorothy to Andy, much to his confusion.

* Trope Codifier is arguably ''Literature/{{Perfume}}'', the 1985 novel by Patrick Suskind. The book's main character is Jean-Baptise Grenouille, an unwanted orphan with a powerful sense of smell. Over the course of the story, he becomes obsessed with capturing and bottling the scent of a woman, turning into a creepy serial killer of virgins. Just before he is executed, he pours the perfume that he has made on himself, throwing the crowd gathered to watch his execution into a lusty orgy. The book was adapted into a film by Tom Tykwer, starring Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Hurd-Wood.
** Actually, he only used a single drop of his perfect perfume at the execution. Later, using the whole bottle at once causes him to be torn limb from limb and devoured by beggars.
* Bella in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. It's worth noting that Bella feels [[SmellsSexy the same way]] back at Edward, and, to a lesser extent, all the other vampires. It is implied that this holds true for all vampires. Except with werewolves, in which case there's a mutual inversion.
* [[spoiler:Perrin]] in the ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' series, due to the fact that [[spoiler: he is a Wolfbrother]].
* ''AnitaBlake'': Prior to [[BrokenBase the turbo-slut phase]], werewolves and vampires were always telling Anita they could "smell her lust."
* In ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'', Mia likes the smell of Michael's neck.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Batted around lightly]] in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' [[ExpandedUniverse novel]] ''Metamorphosis''. Data, fully transformed into a human by [[AWizardDidIt an alien quest-ritual]], finds himself romantically involved with a female {{OC}}. Smelling her hair during an embrace, the narrative describes the android!Data part of his mind cataloguing pheromones, while the human!Data part angrily demands the right to simply enjoy the scent.
* Amortentia, the love potion from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' novels smells like whatever the individual likes to smell most.
** Also, in said love potion, Harry whiffed the sweet-smelling hair of his [[WordOfGod soul-mate]] Ginny Weasley.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', the day after they make Jerin a TechnicalVirgin both Jerin and Ren independently catch the scent of the other on the nightshirts each of them were wearing and bury their noses in the cloth. Ren vows not to wash that shirt. Jerin calls himself a silly boy and puts his into the laundry.
* ''{{In The Courts of the Crimson Kings}}''. [[NubileSavage Tessa of the Cloud Mountain People]] can scent that human explorer Marc Vitrac is attracted to her, and is puzzled why he can't scent the same about her.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''GossipGirl'', Dan says he couldn't possibly [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend have feelings]] for [[spoiler: Blair Waldorf]], and then sheepishly adds "But, you know, she does smell nice..."
* In ''Series/TheSentinel'', Blair tells Jim that this is the basis behind two people having "Chemistry" together. Jim, of course, was head-over-heels for a woman specifically because she smelled so good.
* On ''{{Frasier}}'', Niles fetishises the smell of Daphne's hair.
* One of the odder examples: in one episode of ''Series/BloodTies'', Henry is apparently attracted to the smell of death and can't stop smelling Vicki after she returns from a funeral home.
* Played with on ''TheBigBangTheory'', when [[{{Asexual}} Sheldon]] moans somewhat amorously after inhaling the scent of [[{{Nerdgasm}} new comic books.]]
** Also towards Sheldon: Amy Farrah Fowler says he "smells like a sexy toddler" while she is very tipsy. Apparently he smells like talc.
* Captain Jack Harkness of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has 51st century pheromones.
* In ''TheTenthKingdom'', Wolf gets really enthusiastic about Virginia's smell, which is part this trope, part to do [[IAmAHumanitarian with a different appetite]].
* In ''{{Oz}}'' Keller once notes in "A Cock and Balls Story" that his boyfriend Beecher "SmellsSexy". (the smell being Beecher's fathers aftershave).
* In the StarTrek universe, Klingon females are shown sniffing their mates as foreplay, such as in TNG "The Emissary" and the ''Voyager'' episode "Blood Fever".

* ''Music/{{Gackt}}'' has gone on many a Japanese TV show hosted by [[EvenTheGuysWantHim men]], only to have them remark how beautiful they find him and how good he smells.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* One ''FoxTrot'' strip had Paige trying out a new perfume specially formulated to attract teenage males. The scents were based on pizza toppings.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* "Tailored Pheromones" bioware in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''.
* The "Enhanced Pheromones" [[BioAugmentation biomod]] in ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase''.

* Used as a HandWave in ''LightNovel/{{Kanokon}}'' to explain why Chizuru and Nozomu are all over Kouta - due to having recently moved to the city from the countryside, he 'smells like forests', which apparently attracts Kitsune and wolf-spirits in equal measure.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''HalfFull'' , [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqLK6MKZMuA Billy harvests human pheromones in one storyline.]] When a test subject falls into a vat of collected sweat, the pheromone overdose transforms him in a monster with the power to allure women.

* Candi from the [[Webcomic/{{Candi}} webcomic of the same name]] explicitly listed this as the main reason she stayed with her boyfriend, even when he acted like a jerk.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', which currently provides the page picture, the Female Variant 5 form setting on the TransformationRay Gun causes the person zapped with it to [[SmellsSexy Smell Sexy]].
* ''Webcomic/PvP''. Reggie rebukes Jade's flirty sister Miranda, claiming that her feminine charms won't work on him because he's blind. Miranda walks off-panel, and Reggie says, "Damn, she smells good."
* In ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'', Boneclaw Mother makes a crude comment about one of the tribe's younger males. When reminded by Shadebones that she's blind, [[DirtyOldWoman Boneclaw Mother]] simply replies, "He ''smells'' adorable."
* ''KeychainOfCreation'' has Marena, who has 'smelling good' as one of her potential powers.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030714 Gil is asked whether Agatha smells nice]] (because Jägers smell her as the Heterodyne heir). FailureIsTheOnlyOption when he has to answer.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* At the end of one ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon, PepeLePew concocts a super perfume that not only drowns out his own odor, but makes him irresistible to the opposite sex.

* TruthInTelevision, apparently. Scientific investigation has revealed that women actually CAN pick potential 'mates' based on smell - indeed, they can subconsciously 'smell' good genes. The attraction by smell is actually from having dissimilar types of antibodies, with nature preferring dissimilar ones for healthier offspring. Guys can do this too. Although, this sense is limited in modern humans, considering how we mostly use vision (appearance) and/or higher cognitive functions (like similar interests, intelligence or wealth) in choosing mates. Scent can also indicate arousal and illnesses.
* Also, interestingly, this may explain why women wear their hair longer than men do. The pheromone glands in humans are located on the back of the neck. The long hair acts as a wick to spread the pheromones and thus attract the attention of a mate. This also explains a bit of the romantic hair-snuffling mentioned above; men are known to be attracted by the scent of a woman's hair (shampoo, etc.) but it's the pheromones there that really make it chemically addictive in the male brain.