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Urban Legend Love Life
Hide your daughters, here comes the show's resident Romeo
. Every attentive father
in the room loads his shotgun, older brothers
form a protective circle around their baby sister like wildebeest facing down lions, and boyfriends stop making out with their significant others in the car
and drive away at top speed instead, because everyone knows that when this guy's around, even the most wholesome
of girls is likely to forget herself
Even though he's never had a girlfriend, and as far as the viewer can see has been celibate the entire time he's been on the show.
You see, just like an Urban Legend
, everyone is absolutely positive
that this guy (and it is usually a guy
) is a stud/player/The Casanova
, because he's a flirt and they heard from a friend of a friend of a friend that their cousin's sister's best pal had their heart broken by the guy, and they said he'd had more partners than a maverick cop.
But — again, just like an urban legend — there's no actual proof.
Yes, he's always talking to girls. Yes, he flirts. Maybe he even makes
entirely heterosexual males wonder if it might be worth making an exception
, just this once.
His friends scold him for "playing around" and "toying with people," maybe he's even got a few (un)flattering nicknames...
But then, why the hell is he permanently single?
The reader (or viewer) has never seen him with a partner, not even a Girl of the Week
sneaking out of his room at dawn after a one night stand. He's never encountered a previous partner on the street. Females might drop at his feet, but he never bothers to pick them up, dust them down and escort them to his bedroom. In fact, he's quite the gentleman
, in a lot of ways.
The character with an Urban Legend Love Life tends to come in two distinct types. The first is where even the reader isn't quite sure what to make of him; the other characters claim he's promiscuous, he's charming and chatty with the ladies, and innuendoes are made left, right and center. Yet it seems as though his romantic success is a bit of an Informed Ability
— with the possible exception of his canon love interest
, he doesn't seem to be making serious advances on anyone. He's not likely to steal anyone's girlfriend or wife
, although he may well flirt with them, and may in fact be much better behaved than more "sensible" male cast members. We're not sure whether to assume that he has other lovers on the go off-screen or off-page, and the writer hasn't deemed his sex life important enough to be in the plot (which would make him the inverse of a Hollywood Dateless
guy), or whether a higher purpose has made him put romance on hold, or whether he is genuinely pretty chaste, if not actually a virgin.
The second type is the Chaste Flirt. This guy just likes girls, and knows how to make them smile without any intention of marking notches on his bedpost. He lacks the desperation of A Man Is Not a Virgin
. He's very socially skilled, but may not have much experience beyond the "chat-up" stage. Perhaps he flirts deliberately because
he's virginal/celibate, and has found that flirting means that people assume you have a love life, and stop asking embarrassing questions. Expect The Reveal
to be made to his official girlfriend, when she starts worrying about the number of partners he's had before her. Sometimes, the audience is in on the secret, making the other character's accusations and remarks humourous or bittersweet
In the case of a girl with an Urban Legend Love Life
, she'll nearly always be the Chaste Flirt (or Chaste Vamp
in some cases), because heroines are always "good girls" at heart
. Milder/younger versions of the trope omit the sexual overtones and this is the guy who "could date any girl he wants"... but oddly enough, never seems to have a girlfriend.
The out-of-universe example, where fandom itself declares that a character (even if they're generally chaste
) has one of these, is a Memetic Sex God
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Anime and Manga
- Dorian, in From Eroica with Love has a rather obscure love life, as one Canon versus Fanon article notes. He has a legendary status as a homosexual Casanova. However, despite a few off-hand remarks about "trysts" and accusations of being a "pervert," Dorian doesn't seem particularly bothered about partners who aren't Klaus, his polar opposite and target of most of Dorian's outright sexual interest. When we see him in bed, he's always alone, despite the "harem" that makes up his gang of thieves. The only two people he pursues with any real intent are the pretty and quickly forgotten Caesar Gabriel, and the aforementioned Foe Yay love interest, Klaus. We know he was the victim of statutory rape when he was thirteen, so he's not a virgin, but we don't really know anything else. If anything, Dorian views most attractive men the same way he views the artwork he adores; pretty to look at, but ultimately for viewing purposes only.
- There's conflicting information about his accountant, James. Some stories hint that Dorian occasionally sleeps with him, but in "Dramatic Spring," Dorian remarks that kissing James is stooping to ridiculously low levels.
- Roy Mustang in Fullmetal Alchemist use this persona to fool almost everyone around him, so they won't take him for more than a womanizer and ruthless careerist. But his comrades know him better than that; his visits to a house of ill repute are actually to get information from the girls and say hi to his foster mother, who runs the place.
- Leon, in Pet Shop of Horrors, supposedly has a bad track record with dating... but to be honest, the only evidence that he has any track record at all is occasional drooling over women and a few anecdotes. Oh, and three instances of actual interaction — one where he's chatting quite innocently to some girls at the beach, one where he's rather harshly turned down, and finally one instance where he's chatting up a flower (long story).
- Shigure from Fruits Basket. He definitely slept with two characters at least, but Akito's and Mayuko's accusations of being extremely promiscuous seem slightly suspect in the light of the Sohma curse. Either Shigure's pretty inventive (presumably with his own personal hug-free Kama Sutra), or Hatori's been really busy with memory wipes...
- The difference between "flirting" and "forming relationships" is highlighted throughout the Ouran High School Host Club series, thanks to the nature of the club, which is basically behind-the-scenes with a collection of Chaste Flirts.
- Maka's father in Soul Eater is supposedly such a womanizer that it causes great grief on Maka's part, and has just recently been divorced from her mother... yet we never see him doing anything. Ever. He goes to Cabaret Clubs, but apparently all he ever does there is talk about Maka; something they're used to.
- The fact all he seems to do is mope and drink backfires spectacularly when it turns out the two women he talks to are witches working for Arachnaphobia.
- You really get the impression from Soul Eater that Maka's father is really just an irrepressible flirt, and Maka just read too much into it. This Troper saw it as Maka's mother didn't have a problem with him interacting with women, she had a problem with him FLIRTHING with them, and when he wouldn't stop, got tired of it and divorced him. Then, Maka seing this, and already at least suspicious because of his flirting, assumed that he actually had cheated on her mother and hated him for it, despite the fact that it's pretty clear to us that he really doesn't seem the type to actually cheat.
- Kazuma in Kaze no Stigma is more than just a flirt, he's actually a straight guy that's The Tease. He flirts or makes innuendo with girls and is perfectly happy to lick wine off Ayano's cheek... but he never makes a move towards anyone throughout the show. It's strongly implied that he acts like this to actually keep girls away because of how poorly his first love turned out. Or if not keep them away, manipulate them and their families. He does seem to warm up to Ayano though, but the show ends before anything is resolved.
- Hidamari Sketch: Sae, who writes romance stories, frequently claims to have extensive experience in love, but whenever she is questioned about it, she becomes very flustered and awkwardly (and badly) makes something up. Miyako and Yuno seem to buy it, with Hiro innocently prompting her just to tease her. At one point Sae claims to have had eight boyfriends in junior high, needing to switch everyday. The others are nice enough to not call Sae out on that one.
- Hayate of Hayate the Combat Butler plays the 'could date any girl he wants' part very well, even dedicating chapter 273 to showing it, but he's got a Failure Knight complex preventing him from seeing it, and instead, all of the girls officially in his harem can see that he's got them all wrapped around his finger.
- Code Geass: Lelouch Lamperouge is quite popular at his high school, and has quite the fangirl-following. However, he is pretty much a Celibate Hero throughout the whole series. This doesn't stop Sayoko from assuming that he's a womanizer, and setting up 108 dates for him. This ends up giving him this reputation, much to Shirley's annoyance.
- In the series' only actual case in which Lelouch might just get all the girls: Kaguya-hime offers herself to him in the late first season, he declares that he's already sold his soul to a devil. Kaguya, of course, interprets "sold his soul" as "I already have a girlfriend", rather than the intended "I'm a horrific monster who can only find solace in the one person immune to my misfortune". Then he, his bodyguard, and the aforementioned devil go missing for a year... she assumes that he's had his way them both, and comes to the decision that this is fine, so long as she's involved, too.
- Note that C.C. and him are Undercover as Lovers. Anyway, it's clear that Lelouch is celibate only because he's not interested (except for the infamous "comfort me" scene).
- Miroku from InuYasha falls into this category. He's in love with Sango, but he flirts with every girl he meets, with the stated goal of producing children. Despite his reputation, he never seems to get anyone in bed, usually because the girls that accept are either possessed by or are demons in disguise. It's implied though, that he has been with enough women that he can't remember if he spent the night with one in particular, but apparently his success with the ladies went downhill once he joined the team.
- Raphael from Tenshi Ni Narumon is an interesting case, because he is an angel and is generally invisible/untouchable to humans, but because of his flirtatious behaviour toward Mikael, most fans assume that he must be a lecherous pervert, thinking only about one thing, when in fact, there is nothing in the series to prove that assumption. The fact that Mikael himself kinda treats him like a perverted nuisance doesn't help the matters.
- Ryoji Kaji of Neon Genesis Evangelion is depicted as a suave and seductive The Casanova, flirting with nearly every (adult) female character he comes across; however, it becomes increasingly clear as the series progresses that he only really cares about the affections of Misato Katsuragi, and is otherwise uninterested in romance. Misato herself is perceived as flirty and promiscuous, yet in reality is crushingly lonely, terrified of commitment, and (though it takes her the bulk of the series to come to terms with it) in love with Kaji.
- In Hetalia France almost never manages to score with other nations, but it's implied that he's more successful with humans. At least the cute meido from The Movie was rather flattered when he flirted with her...
- Greece on the other hand has been confirmed to get laid the most out of any of the nations, and once has sex with Japan out of pity.
- Riko of Love Lab is an unusual female example. She accidentally ends up pretending to have dated tons of guys, but she's actually never had a boyfriend. All the guys she knows are well aware of this, but Maki (a Love Freak who has, like Riko, never dated anyone) forms the other half of the trope: the girls worship her almost as much as the guys, and she often makes people think a guy has done something naughty to her when she overreacts to something meaningless.
- Taishi in Servant ◊ Service is apparently very popular amongst the townsfolk, and Yutaka claims that he received many marriage proposals whenever they went around the town providing community service.
- Atsuyuki Kido in Monkey High! - described as a serial flirt and "a player" right from the first chapter, and he certainly keeps flirting with the manga's heroine for three quarters of the series, despite the fact that she starts dating his best friend in the second chapter. That said, the manga's author pointed out in the final volume's notes that Atsu is never shown even taking a girl out on a date at any point in the series, and the closest we ever get to confirmation is that one middle school kid crushing on Atsu knew of two ex-girlfriends of his; hardly a world-shattering number for a high school student and off-screen at that.
- The DCU features Nightwing, who is supposed to be a slut of epic proportions, although this is mostly Fanon. In Canon, there are perhaps four women that he's been shown in bed with, two of which were part of long-running committed relationships. The general consensus is that he's more of a Chick Magnet to the highest level and often doesn't seem to realize when he's flirting. Which seems to be his major mode of interaction.
- Bruce Wayne has a reputation as a playboy, but most of it is just due to his cultivating it by being seen with beautiful women. On one occasion he was being watched by the police, he asked Selina to come over for the night so he'd have an alibi; thirty minutes later, Batman and Catwoman were in the streets of Gotham with an agreement to meet again at dawn, so Selina could be seen leaving Wayne Manor.
- Ollie Queen, the Green Arrow, has a reputation as a ladies' man, despite the fact that he's been in an off and on committed relationship with Black Canary for something in the realm of ten years. It has been established that he has cheated on Black Canary more than once).
- After three movies of playing the slut, Wendy of the Porky's movies claims to have only slept with three guys in her life. This is intended to show that she's not as easy as her reputation would have it. (This doesn't come off quite as innocent as the movie tries to make it—she's still a teenager and the movies are set in the 50s.)
- Similarly, American Beauty includes the character of Angela Hayes, a teenage girl who the 42-year-old main character Lester becomes obsessed with after watching her cheerleading routine. She routinely brags (to Lester's daughter) about her sexual conquests. Lester tries to seduce her and he would've succeeded, but changes his mind when she admits she's actually a virgin.
- Fierce Creatures demonstrates from the inside how this can happen unintentionally. It turns out the process is similar to that which makes an Accidental Pervert, but with more of a tendency towards Accidental Innuendo.
- In Rustlers Rhapsody, Rex O'Herlahan backs down from a gunfight because he isn't "a confident heterosexual." He later reveals that, since it's 1884, he's never gotten past First Base.
- In Singin' in the Rain, Don is becoming obsessed with Kathy. Don's friend and sidekick Cosmo tells him, "She's the first dame who hasn't fallen for your line since you were four." We never actually see Don in action with the other ladies, or any other hint of womanizing.
- This is the entire premise of Easy A.
- Happens to the main character in Bad Reputation, after she is gang raped by jocks, and made out to be a whore by their girlfriends.
- Finch in American Pie sets himself up as this by paying a girl to plant rumors about him in order to attract women due with his new reputation. In the end, he still ends up dateless at the prom (although he does hook up in the very very end).
- Played with in American Pie 2. Kevin claims to have slept with three girls during his first year at college, while Vicky claims to have slept with just one boy. Their respective friends convince them that each actually meant the number the other said, because men tend to exaggerate and women tend to play down their number of sexual partners. Of course, the supreme irony is that the real number for both of them is zero.
- In the original Emmanuelle film, the titular character's husband believes that she must have been having affairs left and right while they were apart, when in fact she is completely faithful to him... up until she flies over to join him in Bangkok, when she grows so restless on the flight that she decides to join the mile-high club with someone she just met.
- Surprisingly, Sidney Fernwelter in Ernie. "I must have gone out with every eligible chick in Bayonne . . . once."
- Francesco in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. The women even confirm it.. Doesn't mean there was anything between them - doesn't even mean it was Francesco himself who was seen talking to the "lover".
- From The Dresden Files, Warden Carlos Ramirez is a type one, with an extensive reputation and who talks a great game. Naturally, we find out in White Night that he is actually a virgin.
- Notable, in that Harry, a detective who can read people like a book, has no clue about this, until Lara Raith blurts it out after one look at Ramirez.
- Shintaro Karish in the Hero Series by Moira J. Moore is the personification of this trope. He's nicknamed "The Stallion of the Triple S" and is well known for his charm, wit, and looks. But do you EVER see him dating someone other than Lee in book 3? And yet his partner Lee remains convinced of his superstud ways.
- Phoebe in It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips has created a reputation of being a slut through a combination of having great boobs, dressing hot and flirting, posing naked for artistic purposes, and running around with a lot of closeted gay men.
- In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Luke hears rumors about Lando having a relationship with Mara Jade. Not that he's jealous (eyeroll).
- Of course, it turns out he just misunderstood!
- It wasn't a misunderstanding; Mara was undercover at the time, and the person she was investigating saw women as objects. To further that assumption, she went along with the target's belief that she was Lando's woman. When she answered the comm wearing Lando's shirt, it was because she didn't know who was calling, and if she might need to further the masquerade. (Of course, she did let Luke believe that for years, because she was feeling a little vindictive that he believed she'd sleep with Lando in the first place.)
- And to silence the giggles of whoever read a bit too much into The Corellian Trilogy, let us precise: Luke is jealous of Lando.
- In the Wheel of Time series, Rand is in love with three women (who all love him) and has a batshit crazy Forsaken named Lanfear/Cyndane pining for him, Perrin is married and is nevertheless relentlessly pursued by Berelain sur Paendrag, and Mat is a flirt and playboy and continues his flirting ways despite being married to Seanchan Empress Fortuona... and each one frequently muses that the other two understand women much better than they do. Of the three, only Perrin is right. Special emphasis on Mat, who is considered an irredeemable lech and certainly loves a dance and a bit of canoodling with a willing woman, but who never presses his attentions on anyone who's not interested and whose final confirmed partner count as of the final book is two. Only one of which was consensual on his end.
- Inverted in the Left Behind series, where the authors' attempt to portray Rayford as being sexually faithful to his wife right up until the Rapture and only considering an affair with a stewardess - but he comes off looking like a massive lech who probably doesn't sleep around only because the women won't have him.
- He also considers making out with another woman at an office Christmas party (while his wife stayed home due to being heavily pregnant) to not count as cheating.
- Played straight and inverted in The Legend of Sun Knight: The Storm Knight is supposed to be a footloose charmer/ladykiller, but the current one is supposedly still a virgin and there's never been a pregnant woman telling him to take responsibility. The Earth Knight is supposed to be honest, loyal, sincere and not used to speaking with girls, but the current one is always luring women into his bed.
- One minor character in the Tim Dorsey novels is a trust fund kid living the life of a playboy who, despite his great skill in being able to get dates, has never once actually gotten laid.
- In The Millennium Trilogy, much is made of Lizbeth Salander's supposed promiscuity, but while she does sleep with quite a few people and has a very casual attitude towards sex, as the series goes on, she is shown to be very particular about who she actually sleeps with.
Live Action TV
- Tony in NCIS is an intentional example. After the events of season four, he seems to revert back to his previous Handsome Lech behavior, rather to Ziva's irritation... but midway through the sixth season, he admits to a minor character that he's been completely celibate.
- Has anyone actually ever seen any evidence of Joey having a one night stand? Because he only seemed to have girlfriends who he actually enjoyed spending time with, despite the show constantly professing him to be so ridiculously talented at seduction, with the implication of hundreds of little flings ala Charlie Harper.
- The only real mention we get is from Chandler. Joey also asks Rachel to get rid of one of his girls, and implies that he had Chandler do the same. On the other hand, Joey did once brag about getting a threesome after he (on Rachel's advice) told a girl that he wanted to take things slowly.
- He does have a massive panic attack when he learns condoms are less than 100% effective. . .
- Joey slept with the stripper he hired for Ross's bachelor party. And when the others found out about it, he acted like that was not an unusual thing to do.
- They showed the morning after of several of Joey's one-night stands, most notably a brunette played by Kristin Davis from Sex and theCity. Rachel is living with him at the time and is annoyed when he asks her to make pancakes for the girl as he is leaving...but still does it, rather than explain that Joey has no real interest in her.
- Captain Jack Harkness of Doctor Who and Torchwood is famed for having sex with all kinds of lifeforms. But we only see real evidence of a scant handful of relationships, and plenty of other characters get more action than he does.
- The Todd from Scrubs. While he talks about sex all the time, there was one episode where it was revealed he hadn't gotten laid once that year and took frequent cold showers. Every now and then he is evidently sleeping with someone, but mostly there's no proof he's not nearly all talk.
- Neal Caffrey in White Collar is a prime example. He's very handsome and flirts with everything that moves, but never even seems to try to hook up with anyone. Peter Burke, the FBI agent he works with, keeps assuming that Caffrey gets loads of tail, but we see no evidence on the show that this is true. This is probably due his missing partner-in-crime Kate being his One True Love.
- Flirting is a very useful skill for a conman to have. The rest of the time, he's probably doing it out of habit.
- It is implied that Neal is actually monogamous. As long as he believed that Kate did not leave him of her own free will, he was not going to cheat on her. After Kate's death he seems to have a casual relationship with Alex and when Alex leaves he starts a relationship with Sarah.
- To some degree, Captain Kirk from Star Trek: The Original Series. While he flirts with and even kisses quite a few women over the course of the show, he only canonically has sex with two: Deela in "Wink of an Eye", and Miramanee (who he married and got pregnant) in "The Paradise Syndrome".
- Kirk's reputation seems to have been greatly exaggerated. He did fall in love with Edith Keeler (with whom he had a very chaste relationship) and fell for Rayna as well (over a year between both), and while with Miramanee he had amnesia. In one episode he was mind-controlled into almost marrying a woman, but he got over it. In every other case, it was generally the woman who fell for Kirk, and more than once he spurned their advances. When he didn't, it was often as a manipulation to get information or a solution. He did have several ex-girlfriends who showed up, but not more than the average man in his 30s might have, and never when this happened did he even talk about rekindling their romance.
- Dr. Julian Bashir on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a self-proclaimed lothario, but he only landed three girls in the entire series — and one of those was offscreen. Compare with Riker, who only had to cast his eye on a heaving rack and it'd be undressed in half a minute.
- Tom Paris on Star Trek: Voyager was supposedly a ladies' man, but Chakotay, Tuvok, Harry and the Emergency Medical Hologram all had more romantic relationships than he did, and he settled into an Official Couple with B'Elanna.
- House fits as well. Though everyone talks about how he's always screwing prostitutes, on only two occasions have we ever seen any of them on screen.
- People talk about how he's with prostitutes all the time; it turns out, though, that House just hires them to massage his leg, and doesn't have sex with them so much.
- These comments appear to be rather old; a few more appeared before the series finally ended and it's made pretty clear that they don't always just massage his leg. We're rarely shown him actually having sex with any of them, of course, but it was a prime time US TV series so that's hardly surprising.
- Agent Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds enjoys sexual banter with Garcia (it's entirely platonic) and he and the other agents comfortably talk about his sex life but his nerdy coworker, Reid, has kissed more half-naked women onscreen than him.
- He has been on a few dates on the show, though, and perhaps the trope here is justified- given that this isn't a show about the team's personal lives, the writers may feel that showing Morgan on his many flings wouldn't be important to the narrative.
- It's also on its way to being subverted, as Season 9 introduces us to Savannah, Morgan's girlfriend.
- David Rossi fits this trope too. Aside from arriving into work with his tie undone after a night out (leading Morgan to crack that he was "working on wife No. 4") and a few references by the team about his flings (Rossi was apparently the reason why the FBI's fraternization rules exist), the show doesn't do anything to actually show Rossi's Casanova ways. Justified as per the line above about Morgan.
- Richard Castle is reputedly something of a lothario with a long list of girls in his past, but we've only ever seen him hook-up with about three women. And two of them were his ex-wives.
- Actually, he's had onscreen relationships with more than three women. Ellie Munroe, Gina, Alexis's mom, Scarlett, Amanda Livingston, Beckett, Kyra Blaine, and it's implied that he once had an affair with his agent, Paula. Beckett, however, is a tease and a flirt, but has only had onscreen relationships with 4 men, and an admission of love for another.
- There's also the fact that he's over 40 with a teenage daughter and has had two marriages which suggests that he's looking for a more solid relationship. He's had at least 20 years to enjoy the fans.
- In addition, it's a plot point that he's interested in Beckett very soon after they met, so even though they're not an official couple, he isn't pursuing other women as much during the show as he used to and is more likely to reject their advances.
- Jay from The Inbetweeners. By his accounts, his love life is like a Penthouse forum letter. But in one episode, his dad lets slip to his friends that he has never had a girl ever.
- Much of Dennis' spectacular pickup abilities on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia are informed. He isn't lying about it (in fact he has video proof) but when it comes to him getting any on screen action his efforts are almost always foiled by the rest of the gang. "The Waitress" is one of his few on screen conquests.
- The Office (US) gives us Todd Packer. Michael goes on and on about "how many girls he banged", but we never see anything Todd do with women except getting shot down after calling Jim gay, calling Karen a "dude" and making horribly offensive jokes that would make 50's sitcom characters complain that he went too far.
- Winky (yes, that's the character's name) in the 1950's scifi series, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger. He has the little black book, does mention women friends several times, even laments that duty disrupts his love life, but we never actually see him with a woman. Then again, this was the 1950s, and the show was intended for general viewing.
- Degrassi The Next Generation:
- Justified in the case of Riley, who had a reputation as a habitual womanizer yet we never hear about any girl he actually hooks up with. The reason being that while Riley does have an active love life, it's with members of his own gender and the stories of him being a womanizer are part of keeping up the facade that he's straight. His attempts at intimacy with his female classmates always fall flat and ultimately he comes out of the closet.
- Blue, Holly J's Satellite Love Interest who supposedly deflowered lots of girls but was pretty much a Chaste Hero with Holly J.
- In Twin Peaks, Audrey Horne almost seduces an FBI agent, sashays around in red stiletto heels and even works at as a callgirl, and yet in the last episode she reveals she's a virgin.
- Tracy Jordan of 30 Rock has to maintain his reputation of constantly bedding tons of different women in order to maintain his street cred: if he loses his street cred, his movies and music won't sell, and his income will dry up...and he couldn't do that to his beloved wife Angie, to whom he has been completely faithful since they first met. So he goes to clubs and flirts with women and hands out random phone numbers (once, the random phone number turned out to be that of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams), and then comes home and only sleeps with Angie. It gets to the point where his wife demands that he have an affair...to save his street cred...so they can pay for something or other.
- Sam Seaborne from The West Wing is constantly portrayed as the dashing young seducer, but he actually scores once in the pilot episode, and then never again in the entire series. Though he does say that he is engaged in the finale.
- Vince Noir of The Mighty Boosh is supposed to be a bed-hopping camp bisexual who certainly has a lot of admirers of both sexes, but we never actually see him date or sleep with any of them. The closest he's come to is almost kissing The Head Shaman's wife when he thought she was single, and bringing a goth girl back to his house who left before doing anything. When we finally see him kiss anyone, it's his best friend Howard in the second-to-last episode, who he attempts to start a committed relationship with. We also see him jump on a bouncy castle with a girl, but she's gone by the next episode with no mention.
- Inverted with Rhett Titus in Ring of Honor. There is no proof he is a virgin and there is no proof he caught hepatitis from his exploits.
- Link of The Legend of Zelda game series. He's a Chick Magnet and then some, but when girls are fawning over him, he, being the player character, simply plays their minigame and moves on to the next temple. Link and Zelda are considered the Official Couple in Fanon only because Zelda is the main female character (this is especially true of the Ocarina of Time version (the first game in which Zelda played a direct role rather than just being seen when Link rescues her), though nothing like the relationship between Link and Zelda in the Animated Adaptation is seen in any game. Of course, that'd require speaking ability on Link's part.)
- Skyward Sword and Spirit Tracks are the closest a real relationship has ever happened on-screen (and still requires a little inference, rather than outright stating anything). Zelda II ends with a kiss, but there's nothing to suggest it goes further than that.
- Edgar in Final Fantasy VI arguably fits this trope. Though his first reaction to meeting Terra is a spectacularly bad pickup line, and the girls around Figaro obviously think he's a ladies' man, his on-screen behavior for the rest of the game is more in line with old-fashioned chivalry than the Chivalrous Pervert. In fact, he becomes visibly flustered when accused of having amorous intentions towards anyone. It gives the impression that the accusations Locke makes against Edgar - which are the main reminder that he's supposed to be a Casanova - are more to disguise and excuse his own arguably unfaithful serial romances.
- Zidane in Final Fantasy IX also seems to suit this trope. Although he admits freely to constantly having the ladies on his mind, and is an incorrigible flirt, his advances never seem to move past appreciative banter and the occasional suggestion of a date, usually rebuffed with a modicum of shyness/dismissiveness/pleased giggling. In fact, his overtures are so cheerfully obvious that they somehow manage to circle back around and become bizarrely charming. The fun for Zidane seems to be in the game of pursuit, not the 'catch'...and when he does find the girl of his dreams, it only takes a few weeks for his focus to narrow drastically.
- Despite being surrounded by his fawning hangers-on when the party first meets him, Zelos of Tales of Symphonia shows little interesting in anything more than flirting with women. He has an alibi for doing so, but it hardly justifies his reputation as a predatory lech.
- His reputation as a lech is mostly given to the player though Sheena warning the others about him. Sheena being the one girl that Zelos seems to have a genuine interest in.
- Asmodeus of Lust from Umineko no Naku Koro ni is a virgin and wants people to think she's full of the Sin she represents but that's so her fellow demons respect her as an adult. (Note, while this sounds adorable, she'll still eviscerate you if you can't prove she doesn't exist.)
- This is a large source of irritation for the Asari of Mass Effect. Their physiology allows them to mate with any species, of any gender, and they have a much more relaxed and open attitude on sex than some other species, but they are not an entire species of sex-crazy maniacs. Unfortunately, since so few people really take the time to understand how their physiology works, or the underlying social mores that govern their behavior, everybody views the Asari as the sluts of space. Liara T'Soni, a party member and potential love interest, finds this common misconception rather uncomfortable.
- In Sins, the embodiment of Lust has only had sex with 2 people total. Ever.
- Sinfest. Self-proclaimed pimp Slick is more a case of Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?. However, everybody including the cast page assumes and repeatedly states that 'Nique is a total slut, and yet she's seen being intimate or close to a guy precisely never.
- This is Fanon for Starscream of Transformers. Never had a date, never even hit on anyone besides his female clone, is regularly written as a slut.
- Is also a ROBOT who should not be having urges or desires that are so BIOLOGICAL in nature, to raise another point.
- Most men tend to act as if they have had more partners than they actually had. By contrast, most women tend to downplay the exact number of partners they had.
- Julius Caesar, "A Man for All Women and a Woman for All Men." Had a reputation for being the biggest Casanova in Rome, an an insatiable sexual appetite. While he did have a number of lovers (many of them married women) there is no proof that he was ever involved with the majority of the women he was accused of sleeping with. A combination of slander by his political enemies (in ancient Rome, an insatiable sexual appetite was considered unmanly) and a rumor feeding itself would account for most of these tales. It usually took little more than Caesar exchanging a few words with a woman in public for rumor to spread that he was sleeping with her.
- These rumors also extended to accusing him of having unmanly relationships with men. While just any relationship with a man wouldn't have been considered so bad, being the passive partner or having a male partner your own age or older wasn't macho.
- Case in point: Caesar's own troops nicknamed him "whoremonger." Word travels fast.
- The sex lives of fashion models. Jon Stewart told Playboy magazine in 1995 "Models talk to you for six minutes and they're very nice and they say thank you and then they go off to the larger European men they actually have sex with."
- Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni, or more specifically, his various characters. In almost every movie he was ever in, Mastroianni played a character who was a complete subversion of The Casanova, and yet his reputation as one stuck for his entire career (much to Mastroianni's annoyance).
- Benjamin Franklin has a reputation as a ladies man - he's even an example on the Casanova page - but at least one biographer is convinced there was more smoke than fire. Franklin himself indicated as much when Jefferson, replacing him as ambassador to France, hoped to inherit his effect on the French ladies and Franklin ruefully replied it would do him no good if he did. Undoubtedly our senior Founding Father was a shameless - and charming - flirt but it's likely that he rarely went beyond talk.
- Other than the greatness on the basketball court Wilt Chamberlain is most known for his claim of sleeping with 20,000 women. A Lakers beat writer Doug Krikorian dispelled that myth.ďComplete hyperbole. Trust me. I spent many a Saturday night where Wilt would call me and say, ĎLetís go out and have dinner together.í He was the worst guy Iíve ever seen trying to hustle women. Iím serious. That thing should be debunked. Trust me. I saw firsthand. Yes, he might have had his share of women, but as a slick hustler, please. No. I saw too many nights where he was alone. I was with him."
- ďThere were nights heíd call me up. I was like his valet at times. Iím sure he had hookers come up to his room and stuff like that. He scored on some women, but as a regular Lothario? I know bartenders that scored way more than Wilt. Please. He was playing basketball. How could a real guy be a Lothario? What did he say, 20,000? Itís ridiculous. Itís farcical. Why would he even claim that?Ē
- Dennis Rodman, who is himself an example of this trope, pointed out the impossibility of Chamberlain's claim via simple mathematics, saying that Chamberlain would have needed to have bedded 5 women a day, every day, for 20 years, (or something along those lines), an utterly impossible feat.
- Cass Chaplin Jr claimed that he and Edward G. Robinson Jr. regularly had threesomes with Marilyn Monroe and that their booty calls were the primary sexual relationship of her adult life.