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Chick and dude magnets in live-action TV.


Male

  • Angel: the titular character, of course; from his drunk Irish human days to the long bloody vampire years and even the modern guilty soul filled existence, he's had dozens of people (both genders) hitting on him. Angel however has trouble in the bedroom as a moment of perfect happiness (aka orgasm) will turn him back into Angelus, though this doesn't stop him sleeping around with some women in the later seasons.
    • Wesley, even in his shy nerdy days, had a way with ladies, though soon Fred was the only woman he cared for... Sniff. fun fact: Alexis Denisof, the guy who plays him, is happily married to Alyson Hannigan (Willow).
    • Charles Gunn both on the streets, and working for Angel; even when working for Wolfram and Hart ladies don't leave him alone.
  • Though usually a Handsome Lech who did this intentionally, Face on The A-Team could attract a woman even when he was focusing on something else. For instance, there was the time he had to hide from Col. Decker in a woman's changing stall:
    Woman: [to Face] I like your face.
    Face: Uh, you mean... I have an honest face?
    Woman: No, but I like it. [leans in towards him]
    [Face goes with it and gets laid offscreen in a changing stall]
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  • Brandon Walsh from Beverly Hills, 90210 is this to ridiculous levels. He's seen dating a different Girl of the Week in most episodes, has several admirers over the years (some of them of the Hopeless Suitor or Stalker with a Crush variety), if he and one of his friends are interested in the same girl, the girl will always pick Brandon, and it seems like every woman on the show isn't able to spend a few seconds with Brandon without falling in love. Lampshaded many times in-universe, although Brandon never shows off about it.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer it's a series-long Running Gag that Xander's a chick magnet for demons, attracting them at a supernatural (hah) rate. By the end, every single woman he's ever been interested in or been interested in him is some sort of demon or using demon powers (though retroactively in Cordelia's case). In one episode Xander tried to have a love spell cast for him, and it turned him into a chick magnet for everyone but the target, and things predictably turn murderous when all the girls decide to kill him because he won't be with them.
    • Glies was this in his youth aka Ripper, but still gets a lot of female action for a high school librarian. But he's more a Papa Wolf for Buffy, Xander and Willow.
    • Oz as The Rock Star, and being a werewolf only doubled his chances with women, but Willow did not take kindly to it and left him for Tara.
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    • Spike, though he goes off into "rapey" territory as a vampire. Is still this trope in his better moments and when he does have a soul. Being a former poet does certainly help with the women.
  • On Cheers, Carla's ex-husband Eddie Tortelli has the odd ability to attract women to him, even though he's rude and isn't all-too good looking. (In fact, at the end of one episode where Diane tells him off by claiming he has no such powers, he proves her wrong by simply breathing into her ear and making her swoon.) He can't seem to hold onto them, however. Not only did Carla divorce him for being a two-timer and a deadbeat father, but his second wife Loretta did too (but she came back to him later). Carla later tells her son's fiancé that this is common of Tortelli men, but she still marries him.
  • Auggie Anderson from Covert Affairs. It's played with a couple of times. One typical example:
    • Auggie is boarding a plane to Istanbul to attend a jazz festival and talking to Annie on the phone.
      Annie: ...How, exactly, does a blind man navigate a huge music festival in a foreign city?
      Auggie: I know Istanbul better than some Turks, and for anything I don't know, I can always make a friend.
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    • They're interrupted by a stewardess on the plane, who goes from slightly annoyed to blatantly hitting on Auggie within about ten seconds. Auggie doesn't seem to mind! After he gets back to the phone conversation;
      Annie: ...Made a friend already, huh.
  • The Defenders:
    • Matt Murdock, like his comics counterpart, is quite popular with the ladies, to his best friend Foggy's exasperation. In-series, he has a brief fling with Claire Temple, had a passionate relationship with Elektra Natchios in college that is rekindled at least somewhat when she re-enters his life, and catches the eye of Karen Page from the moment they meet and has a brief relationship with her in Season 2.
    • Luke Cage is shown to attract many women as well, including major characters Jessica Jones (whom he has a fling with for a while), Misty Knight (whom he seduces for a one-night stand), and the aforementioned Claire (who becomes his girlfriend).
  • While Doctor Who was originally No Hugging, No Kissing, the new series turns the Doctor into this, sometimes clueless and sometimes not. Most of his companions, even the temporary ones, show some sort of interest in him, he's had multiple Accidental Marriages (including one to Marilyn Monroe), and even the TARDIS is in love with him.
    • In one of the earliest stories the First Doctor uses charm to get information out of an attractive older woman, she falls seriously in love, proposes marriage, and is heartbroken when the Doctor leaves. He is apparently so upset by the pain he has inadvertantly caused that he swears off romance for seven incarnations.
    • Captain Jack Harkness is the poster boy for Extreme Omnisexual, which is good for him considering men and women of numerous species want a piece of him.
  • Benton Fraser of Due South, to the continual frustration of everyone around him.
  • On Everybody Hates Chris, Chris' brother Drew is this, even at age 11. In "Valentine's Day", Rochelle even has to threaten a much older woman who shows up at the door with calling the cops.
  • John Crichton of Farscape. In addition to his main love interest Aeryn, there was Gilina, Chiana, Jenavian, Jool... any female character to show up in the show instantly falls for Crichton or at least gets ship-teased with him pretty intensely.
  • In The Flash (2014), Barry Allen/The Flash gets attention from Felicity Smoak, Linda Park, and Patty Spivot. A one-off conversation in "Out of Time" reveals that he used to date another girl, Becky Cooper. Even Iris West is attracted to him even though she already has a boyfriend in Eddie Thawne. After Eddie dies and Barry's short-lived relationship with Patty ends, he and Iris get together and eventually marry.
  • Will from Glee, having his wife Terri and guidance counselor Emma. Add to that, Rachel, Suzy Pepper, Shelby, April, and Holly.
    • Also, Puck. He's portrayed as a womanizer since day one, and when he opens a pool business he finds himself sleeping with various single moms she works for. And he has no shortage of girls his age either: there's Quinn (mother of his baby), Rachel (with who he hooked up twice, the second time while she's with Finn), Santana (dated and had sex multiple times before she comes out), Brittany (both admitted having sex with each other before the series begin), Mercedes (they date during an episode of season 1, and there's also quite a bit of Ship Tease later on), Lauren (his girlfriend in season 2), Kitty (who he dates during most of season 4) and Shelby (his baby's adoptive mom, with who he has sex with on season 3).
  • Fonzie from Happy Days. Played with big time in the famous outtake where a prank was played by having all the *guys* crowd around him when he snapped his fingers instead of the girls. In one episode, he claims to have been protected from an explosion by his address book.
  • Duncan MacLeod in Highlander... his frequent bedding of female guest stars was lampshaded in the parody song on one of the commercial outtake tapes. "He'll chop a head and land in bed with this week's guest star..."
  • House
    • Even though House is a miserable bastard nearing his fifties, nearly every woman on the show looks at him like they want to take him into a supply closet and jump his bones. His eyes can't be that pretty, can they?
    • Chase, the resident Pretty Boy. It becomes a plot point in the episode "Private Lives", where he fails to deliberately turn women off while Speed Dating (due to a bet with House). Even if he pretends to be an obnoxious jobless moron, all women still want to date him, only because of his good looks.
  • iCarly:
    • Spencer Shay, with Sasha, Miss Ackerman, Mrs. Benson (in an alternate universe), an art teacher, Gibby's mom, a female juggler, an 80 year old man, the woman who inherited Galini's pie shop, and more.
    • Freddie, with Valerie, Shannon, Rona (alternate universe), Melanie, Shelby Marx, Magic Malika, Jamie, Ariana, Leslie, Sabrina, Patrice, three random girls at a party ("iPity the Nevel") and the female fandom in "iStart a Fanwar", without mentioning that he dated both female leads of the show.
  • In Kamen Rider, Hayato Ichimonji had three women fawning over him when he first debuted.
  • Leave It to Beaver: Wally Cleaver was never too concerned about girls, but the girls all seemed to consider him the hottest catch in school.
  • Don Draper, in Mad Men, can't go anywhere without being hit on by some girl or another. Unlike most examples, though, Don is perfectly willing to sleep with them, despite being married.
  • Napoleon Solo of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is such a Casanova with chick magnet tendencies, that it sometimes overshadows (and sometimes doesn't) the fact that his partner Illya Kuryakin is also very much a chick magnet in his own right. Kuryakin is just more subtle about it. According to one of the show's producers "Illya doesn't chase girls. Girls chase Illya!"
  • Billy Cranston from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers picked up plenty of girls over the series.
  • Davy Jones in The Monkees. One episode has the guys playing Spin The Bottle, with the bottle's mouth homing in on him every time. When he goes into another room, the bottle flies off the floor and sticks to the door...
  • Person of Interest: Lampshaded by a snarking Finch in "No Good Deed" when Reese fails to charm a receptionist into letting him in a building:
    "I'm surprised, Mr. Reese, that nice young lady seemed somehow impervious to your charm."
  • Er Kang in Princess Returning Pearl. Yong Qi even mocks him about it.
  • In Smallville, Clark Kent is this to ridiculous levels (and not without reason, judging from the squeeing fangirls). From main characters like Chloe, Lana, Lois and Tess, to minor characters like Zatanna, Maxima, Alicia, Kyla, not a single girl has not drooled over him, in most cases repeatedly.
  • Spencer Carlin from South of Nowhere has no problem attracting women without any effort.
  • Daniel Jackson of Stargate SG-1 had a new woman attracted to him nearly every single time they went to a new planet, including from several different species, and had more love interests than any other SG-1 member (all of whom died); he was even raped by a Goa'uld once. It is very telling that when a Kull Warrior (actually Vala in disguise) calls him attractive, he doesn't doubt it at all.
  • Captain Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series. Spock also seems to be the object of a lot of female interest.
    • Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Riker? Most discerning Green Skinned Space Babes looked right through him to Captain Picard. Rowr.
    • The Doctor plays one in his daydreams in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy." He later becomes one for real by accident in "Virtuoso."
  • Johnson Lee plays with this trope in Sze U Tonight, mainly because the Hong Kong paparazzi keep romantically pairing him with female stars.
  • Stefan from The Vampire Diaries never has a shortage of girls looking his way. Neither does his brother Damon, but Stefan gets noticeably more attention than him from the females because he's much nicer than him.
  • Beck from Victorious though he's totally commited to long-time girlfriend Jade.
  • Justin from Wizards of Waverly Place. He also seems to be a vampire, a werewolf and a centaur chick magnet.

Female

  • Fred was a bit like this in Angel. It took her forever to notice that both Gunn and Wesley liked her, plus Amy Acker apparently got quite a lot of attention on set as well. Characters who have been attracted to or Ship Teased with Fred or Illyria are Angel, Angelus, Wesley, Gunn, Spike, Knox, Connor, and Willow.
  • Felicity Smoak in Arrow. Several male characters are attracted to her, including protagonist Oliver Queen, Barry Allen and Ray Palmer.
  • Annie in Being Human (UK). Tully and Gilbert from Season 1; the Love Triangle with Hugh and Saul in Season 2; and Mitchell in Season 3.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Penny. Most of the male characters who appear on the show (main, recurring, or one-shot characters) are or were attracted to her, with Sheldon being the only notable exception.
  • Friends: Rachel and Phoebe both pick up numerous guys with ease.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • "The Window", Ted recalls his longtime crush Maggie whom he never got to date because, as he describes her, she is "catnip for men".
    • This puts off Robin, who considers herself the alpha female in this department. "Your friend may be one of those magnets that can hold up a picture of your kids on the fridge, but I'm one of those magnets that can pick up cars in a junkyard!"
    • Cindy is the Mother's room-mate who briefly dates Ted. She informs him that guys just keep falling in love with the Mother.
  • Carly from iCarly basically attracts Anything That Moves.
  • Merlin: Gwen. In this version, Arthur and Lancelot have fallen in love with her, and Gwaine and Helios also have shown interest in her.
  • In one episode of Seinfeld, Elaine becomes a Shiksa Goddess and has every Jewish man she meets fall in love with her, including a boy at a bar mitzvah, his father, their rabbi, and even Jerry.
  • Samantha Carter from Stargate SG-1 is almost as much of an example as Daniel, with multiple love interests and explicit and implicit interest from dozens of men, including an Ancient and a Replicator.
  • Betty Suarez of Ugly Betty has several men in love with her, not because of her looks (though she's quite cute), but because of her charm and intelligence.
  • The Vampire Diaries: Oddly enough Caroline gets this much more than the main heroine Elena. In every season she seems to be involved in a different love triangle. Matt was her first boyfriend, then she starts dating Tyler in season 2 and 3, Klaus is in love with her in season 3 and 4, new main character Enzo also flirts with her, she and Stefan become an Official Couple in later seasons, Alaric falls in love with her in season 7. In the early episodes of season 1 she also dated Damon (though he was still evil and not seriously interested in Caroline) so she has been paired with all the male protagonists. She also has a boyfriend named Jesse in a few episodes.


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