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Playing With: Anything That Moves
Basic: A character is very promiscuous.
  • Straight: Alice, a bisexual woman, has many short-term sexual partners of both sexes.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Alice has an open mind and low standards.
  • Justified: Alice just has a high sex drive; it's nothing to do with her sexuality, but she decides to take advantage of the fact people expect her to have sex a lot to, well, have sex a lot.
  • Inverted: All the monosexual cast members have lots of sex. Alice can't get laid.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice appears to have lots of casual sex with people of both sexes, sleeping with a woman one night and a man the next... actually, she is in a committed polyamorous relationship with them both, Bob and Carol, and is actually the least sexually driven one in their relationship.
    • Alice is bisexual and acts promiscuously, but she has recently been through a traumatic experience and this is a coping mechanism; she's not usually like this.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Alice is less sexually-driven because she's tired out; she's cheating on Bob and Carol with David, and Emily, and Frank, and Helga...
    • ...or at least that's what she tells everyone. Honestly, nothing happened and she feels she needs an excuse.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice has slept with everyone on the planet. Literally.
    • When a character mentions that they haven't slept with Alice, other characters react with shock or dismissal.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Alice is bisexual and is not particularly promiscuous.
    • Alice is a Celibate Hero.
    • Alice is a biromantic asexual.
  • Enforced:
    • "If we don't show Alice as completely into both sexes, the viewers are going to think of her as either gay or straight, and that'll confuse them later in the plot."
    • The writers want to drive the shippers wild.
  • Lampshaded: "Yeah, yeah, I know, 'bisexuals are slutty' thing, bad stereotype. I'll go to a gay rights march or something to make up for it later; now shut up and fuck me."
  • Invoked: "That's Alex, Alice's brother who is also bisexual. You know the kind: "Everyone has a hole, so everyone can please me"".
  • Exploited: The Handsome Lech finds out Alice's reputation, and sleeps with her.
  • Defied: "Bob, I would have put out by now, but I have this whole Stop Being Stereotypical thing to deal with."
  • Discussed: "So, wait, if she's bi how come none of you have slept with her? Of either sex?" "...Because Hollywood is lying to you and Alice is waiting until marriage? She's just our friend."
  • Conversed: "Why does it always seem like the bisexuals have to sleep with everyone male and female? Do straight people want to sleep with everyone of the opposite sex?"
  • Played For Laughs: Alice having sex with anyone she meets is taken as a given by her friends; they often arrange their plans around/using this fact.
  • Played For Drama: Alice loves Bob, but can't stop checking out and being turned on by every guy and girl around.

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