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1[[quoteright:350:]] ²²->''"''Dante's Cove'' equals one part [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]], one part {{soap opera}}... and about five parts [[PornWithPlot soft-core gay porn]]."''²-->-- [[ Rantasmo]]²²''Dante's Cove'' is an American LGBT-oriented horror/supernatural show, which originally aired on 'here!', a premium gay-oriented network. Primarily a soap opera meets horror setup, the show follows young gay men Kevin and Toby, who are trying to continue a relationship while a combination of dark, supernatural forces and the mundane realities of relationships seek to break them up.²²While Season 1 takes itself far too seriously, the show seemed to have a makeover for Season 2, which has a lot more fun with the stories and characters (a possible promotion from [[{{Camp}} "low camp" to "high camp"]]).²²Most famous for possibly ''defining'' the trope EverybodyHasLotsOfSex. The first ten minutes of the first episode is nothing but a [[SexMontage montage of gay sex]].²²The show debuted in 2005, and Season 4 began production in 2009.²²Nothing at all to do with ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', ''VideoGame/DantesInferno'', or WordOfDante.²----²!!This show provides examples of:²²* AllGaysArePromiscuous²* AndStarring: As of Season 3, three actors get this treatment: while most are still just listed by name, the last three are "and Jensen Atwood", "Gregory Michael as Kevin" and "Special guest star Thea Gill as Diana Childs".²* AnyoneCanDie: And most of them do. [[spoiler:Cory, Michelle (twice), Van, Marco, most of the islands population, Diana, '''technically''' Adam and Toby]]. By the end of the third season, [[spoiler:only three of the main cast members are still technically alive; Ambrosius, Grace, and Kevin. Well, technically, Adam and Toby are trapped in an alternate dimension.]]²* AnythingThatMoves: Griff.²-->'''Griff:''' I find one or two every day. There's a lot of Miss Rights. And Mister Rights. You know me, I love 'em all.²* AmIJustAToyToYou²* AntiVillain: Griffin. He's just doing his job, as the population has ''gone rogue''.²* BigBad: Ambrosius, Diana in Season 2 and, eventually, Season 3.²* BuryYourGays: It's a horror series, so characters ARE going to die, and it's difficult to name any of them who are 100% straight.²* CastFullOfGay: The entire population of the titular Dante's Cove seems to be homosexual, except for Grace and [[AnythingThatMoves Griff]].²* ComfortingTheWidow: Ambrosius [[spoiler:does this to Kevin after Toby has been sucked into an alternate dimension.]]²* CreepyMonotone: Ambrosius.²* DeadpanSnarker: Grace.²* DepravedHomosexual: Ambrosius.²* DeusSexMachina: The avatar/aspirant relationships. Also, Griffin teaches Ambrosius how to charge up his magic from having sex with young men and stealing their sexual energy.²* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: The first ten minutes of the first episode is nothing but this trope.²* {{Fanservice}}: And how!²* FantasticDrug: "Saint". When used by a witch, can open your mind further to magic. When used by a {{Muggle}}, it has hallucinogenic properties and appears to relax the user, lower their inhibitions, and increase their libido.²* FlatEarthAtheist: Brit ''knows'' magic works and has seen the effects firsthand, but insists she is a "scientist" and won't have anything to do with it. [[spoiler:This later turns out to be a crucial plot point in the final episode, after the whole 'virgin' incident doesn't work out: it turns out the virginity doesn't refer to sex, but magic.]]²* {{Gayborhood}}: The titular Dante's Cove.²* GymBunny: Most of the gay men on the show, but particularly Kevin and, later, Griffin.²* HotScientist: Brit.²* HotWitch: Diana, Van, [[ChristmasCake arguably]] Grace.²* LampshadeHanging:²-->'''Ambrosius:''' Where are we going to find another virgin?! This is ''Dante's Cove'', for Christ's sake!²* LargeHam: Not one actor/actress on the show can act except for the actress portraying Grace, who seems to be having a '''lot''' of fun with the role.²** Thea Gill as Diana is a possible exception; she's a generally capable actress who hams it up spectacularly for the Season 3 finale.²* {{Leeroy Jenkins}}: Kevin's idea of ''tactics'' during the final battle against Diana.²* LipstickLesbian: Several, but particularly Michelle.²* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Ambrosius, whose love for and desire to control Kevin provides most of the conflict. Later, [[spoiler:Kevin for Toby, after Ambrosius makes Kevin his love slave and Toby moves on to the previously UnluckyChildhoodFriend Adam.]]²* LoveTriangle: Ambrosius is in love with Kevin and wants to make him his sex slave. Kevin is seeing Toby, who is torn between Kevin and childhod friend Adam, who has been secretly pining after him, and who first discovered his sexual orientation recently when he slept with (who else?) Ambrosius. Furthermore, Grace has been in love with Ambrosius ever since they were intended to be married two centuries ago, but eventually falls for Griff, who had slept with Ambrosius in the past. Adam also has a brief fling with Trevor in an attempt to get over Toby.²** Also, Michelle was seeing Van, but magic made her lose her memory and Van refused to have anything more to do with her. In the aftermath, she sleeps with Brit, who begins seeing Elena.²* MaleFrontalNudity: [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex At least]] OnceAnEpisode.²* ManipulativeBastard: Ambrosius.²* ManipulativeBitch: Diana.²* {{Nice Guy}}: Trevor.²* PreviouslyOn²* Really700YearsOld: Ambrosius, Diana and Grace.²* RomanticFalseLead: Ambrosius for Kevin and Toby. As of Season 3, Kevin becomes this for Toby and Adam, too.²* SexMontage: A couple of times, most famously in the very first episode.²* SexSlave: Essentially the whole avatar/aspirant dynamic involves the aspirant becoming this for the avatar.²* ShowerOfLove: Kevin and Toby, and then later, Kevin and Ambrosius. The latter scene was used in the Season 3 opening credits.²* {{The Unfavourite}}: Diana to Grace.²* TheUnfettered: Diana.²* {{Took a Level in Badass}}: Kevin after training with Ambrosius and Diana after becoming the shadow avatar.²* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Adam, for Toby. [[spoiler:Later becomes the VictoriousChildhoodFriend.]]²* VirginPower: Grace has been saving herself for this purpose for 200 years. When she finally succumbs to [[spoiler:sex with Griffin]], she finds out only days later that [[spoiler:a virgin is needed to defeat the Shadows.]]²* WalkingShirtlessScene: Most of the male cast, but especially Adam. Even {{Lampshaded}} by Grace once.²-->'''Grace:''' Aren't you with that other one now? The one that says [[TotallyRadical "dude"]] and appears not to own a shirt?²* WhamEpisode: The Third Season finale is a Wham-and-a-half. [[spoiler:Michelle sacrifices herself to destroy the shadows, which in the process destroy Diana; most of, if not all, the island's inhabitants are dead; Adam and Toby are stolen to another dimension; Grace is revealed to have become pregnant from Griff and Kevin finally goes back to Ambrosius. Weren't expecting that from Dante's Cove, were you now?]]²* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: Ambrosius's bar, H 2 Eau. Also, 'The Lair', which is little more than a club of naked, greasy men having sex with each other.²* {{Woobie Destroyer of Worlds}}: Diana, once she becomes the shadow avatar. ²----


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