Playing With: Casanova Wannabe

Basic Trope: A character who couldn't be more hopeless with the ladies.
  • Straight: He tries his hardest to get girls, but always fails miserably.
  • Exaggerated: Women run away screaming as soon as he opens his mouth.
  • Downplayed: He has a few laughable attempts at courting the World's Most Beautiful Woman, but is shown dating a more ordinary woman once in a while.
  • Justified:
    • He is really lame and repulsive - would you want to date him?
    • He has No Social Skills.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: He finally scores...
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: He's about to score, then screws it up at the last minute. Then he rights himself and is in bed with the girl...then he screws up again. And so forth.
  • Averted:
    • He is either willfully celibate or sexually active.
    • He is in a monogamous relationship and never attempts to cheat on his girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse.
  • Enforced: "So we can't show sex on this show, but we need a guy who really, really wants it so we can still push the envelope!"
  • Lampshaded: "Well, it's another lonely night in."
  • Invoked:
    • His friend Bob, teaching him how to dress up for a date, gives him a polyester suit and a gold chain, telling him it's the latest style.
    • Bob is intentionally bad with chicks because he's in the closet and wants to look straight without sleeping with them.
  • Exploited: Alice wants to get Veronica to leave the party, so she puts the Casanova Wannabe near her, knowing she'll be so disgusted she'll leave.
  • Defied: He's a charming handsome fellow who gets girls easily.
  • Discussed: "Wow, look at his polyester suit and gold medallion...oh, damn, I made eye contact. Now he's coming this way."
  • Conversed: "When will he realize that no one wants to be with him?"
  • Deconstructed: His inability to get a girlfriend, coupled with his intense desire to do so, takes a heavy psychological toll on him and causes him to be unhappy for the rest of his life.
  • Reconstructed: He finds a girl who actually finds his relative lameness charming, and they hit it off.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • The camera and dramatic music play him up to seem really sexy as he approaches a hot girl. But then one of the following happens:

      a) He opens his mouth and what he says is ridiculous; horrible pick-up line, stammer, impossibly high voice...

      b) The camera angle/special FX and music shut off, and we see just how tacky his outfit and style is.

      c) The girl blows him off. The dramatic music crashes to a halt, and we cut away to a humourous metaphor for his crushed ego.

Hey hotcakes, how about you and I go back to Casanova Wannabe and have some fun? ...What do you mean "no"? Why are you laughing?

Alternative Title(s):

The Leisure Suit Larry