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  • Alias: In "No Hard Feelings," an Italian prisoner (who is presumably experiencing Situational Sexuality) licks his lips at the sight of Julian Sark, and tells the young man that he will be very popular here. When Sark fakes a seizure, the Italian cell mate then calls out for help by shouting, "The beautiful man is dying!"
  • Captain Jack Harkness of Doctor Who and Torchwood. He's also rampantly omnisexual, though, so it's okay with him.
    • A Justified Trope as in the Series 2 episode "Fragments", Jack tells Ianto that the aftershave-like smell is actually 51st-century pheromones, however there is still something innately appealing about him. In The Stolen Earth Donna is attracted to him at first sight, suggesting that his appearance does do most of the work.
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    • In fact, even Jack wants Jack (Jack's namesake, the real Jack Harkness, comes on to him in the past).
    • This easily goes for his actor, John Barrowman, as well. The straight James Marsters (aka Spike, John Hart) is on the record as saying he's a better kisser than Sarah Michelle Gellar.
    • Ianto Jones gets this a bit, however he seems to only draw the attention of men in the show. So either destiny is making him bi, or the writers think he's too much of a pansy to attract a woman.
  • The Doctor of Doctor Who had Jack crushing hard on him (and then pining for almost 150 years...), had oddly sexual scenes with Van Statten (there was no real reason to strip the Doctor before scanning him...), and at least the male recapper on Television Without Pity was instantly smitten.
    • It's not restricted to Jack, either:
      The Doctor: Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton. River!
      River Song: Surnames of three of America's founding fathers.
      The Doctor: Lovely fellows. Two of them fancied me.
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    • Don't forget about Shakespeare:
      The Tenth Doctor: Come on! We can have a good flirt later!
      William Shakespeare: Is that a promise, Doctor?
      The Doctor: Oh, fifty-seven academics just punched the air.
  • Red Dwarf's "Ace" Rimmer (What a guy!) uses this to establish him as The Ace.
    Bongo: I know that this prob'ly won't interest you, but I'd hate myself for the rest of my life if I didn't at least suggest it.
    Ace: Suggest what?
    Bongo: If you're interested, I'll be in my quarters at lunchtime, covered in taramasalata.
    Ace: I didn't know your bread was buttered that side, Bongo.
    Bongo: It isn't. I've been happily married for 35 years. It's just, a chap like you can turn a guy's head.
    Ace: I'm sorry, Bongo. Lunch is...on Mellie.
    Bongo: Would it make any difference if it was...hummus?
    Ace: I'm sorry, Bongo. I'm strictly "butter-side-up".
    Bongo: Understood. [Ace leaves the office] What a guy!
    • Cat is so vain that he is convinced he's an example.
      Lister: You're being a little bit cocky for a guy who's never actually met a real woman before.
      Cat: I've seen mirrors! I have eyes! Let's face it, buddy—I have a body that makes men wet!
  • In Angel, Doyle has this discussion about the eponymous vampire.
    Doyle: He likes playing the hero. Walking off into the dark, his long coat flowing behind him in that mysterious and attractive way.
    Cordelia: Is this a private moment? 'Cuz I could leave you alone.
    Doyle: I'm not saying I'm attracted...
    [later, Angel leaves the building, walking off into the dark, his long coat flowing behind him]
    Doyle: Maybe I'm a little attracted.
    • It bears pointing out that Doyle passed his visions to Angel in one alternate timeline, and the only way we've seen visions passed on is kissing.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer in-universe has Andrew having fantasies of a shirtless Spike making out with Buffy, and plenty of cooing whenever Spike's in the room.
    • Xander as well has shown attraction to Spike, with the immortal line uttered when Xander accuses Buffy of sleeping with Spike:
      Xander: No one is judging you. It's understandable. Spike is strong and mysterious and sort of compact but well-muscled.
      Buffy: I'm not having sex with Spike! But I'm starting to think that you might be!
      • Not to mention the time when the Love Dodecahedron of the previous series was explained to a newcomer, who protested "Is there anyone here who hasn't slept with everyone else?" Cut to shot of Spike and Xander looking awkwardly at each other, then away.
      • In Season 8, Andrew says out loud to Buffy that he likes Spike a lot more than Angel, and states that his heart is broken when he sees Angel and Buffy having sex.
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    • Andrew is canonically gay in the Buffyverse (and was in love with Warren), so that might not count. However, although they considered having Xander switch teams, instead of Willow, he stayed straight, making his appreciation of Spike fall more into this trope than Andrew's.
  • If Youtube is any indication, Rudy from Generation Kill may be the next Big Boss. The quote "I love you, Fruity Rudy!" does little to assuage this, as it invites repeating from viewers in unrelated situations.
    • Lampshaded when the Marines try to invert it by telling the reporter, "It doesn't make you gay if you think Rudy's hot. We all think he's hot. Jesus, you're beautiful." (He says this because he notices the reporter staring at Rudy, clearly captivated.)
    • From the non-fiction book on which the series was based:
      Sgt. Rudy Reyes, 31, from Kansas City, Missouri, has stripped off his shirt and is washing his chest with baby wipes, every muscle gleaming in the flickering light of a nearby oil fire. Reyes doesn't quite fit the image of the macho brute. He reads Oprah's magazine and waxes his legs and chest. Other members of the unit call him "fruity Rudy" because he is so beautiful. "It doesn't mean you're gay if you think Rudy's hot. He's just so beautiful," Person tells me. "We all think he's hot."
    • In the film, Reyes—played by Reyes himself, reportedly because no actor was hot enough (riiiight!)—is initially nude for the scene, then gets dressed. The actual quote is from David Simon, one of the show's creators, who was facing the conundrum of casting someone "who embodied both Reyes' beautiful physique ... and blissed-out, New Age attitude". As Simon says: "He's like a unicorn."
  • There's a hilarious scene in Boston Legal when Brad senses that Jeffrey is competition, so he tells him that in this office, Brad is the guy who all the girls wanna sleep with. Jeffrey goes, "I can tell that—even I want to sleep with you."
  • Supernatural: Dean Winchester. In addition to hitting on and being appreciated by all females in the area, he's had several...suspect interactions with other guys that generally end with some variation of "I don't swing that way". Or in the case of Aaron Bass, a flustered, "Sorry, I'm working," followed by him tripping over his stool. Also, in "My Heart Will Go On", Balthazar says, "Sorry, you have me confused with the other angel. You know, the one in the dirty trench coat who's in love with you," meaning Castiel. Then there's Gordon to Dean, like in "Bloodlust" when they bond and find they're very much alike, with Gordon acting like a sort of mentor for Dean following the Winchesters' dad dying. Then Dean finds out Gordo's a whack-job and leaves him tied-up in his own mess for three days. When Gordon comes back, he tries to pit Dean against Dean's Not-Love Interest Sam and holds him hostage to lure Sam in, all the while trying hard to convince Dean that he's right, because A.) he still respects Dean as a fellow hunter, and B.) he feels a kinship with Dean as Gordon killed his own vamped sister and now must kill Dean's brother, who might join Hell. When he's turned into a vampire, his first action is to go to where Dean and Sam were, get Dean's scent and track him, leading to a very unpleasant phone conversation in which he tells Dean that no matter where he goes or what he does, he'll find him. When Dean and Sam finally confront him face to fang, he immediately separates them again, and instead of killing Sam when he has the chance, he zeroes in on Dean: shoving him against a wall, biting him, and basically screwing him through his clothes. Generally, a lot of demons and supernatural beings (The Darkness, Crowley, Azazel, Alastair, Abaddon, Meg) seem to have something for Dean, in a twisted way mind you. There's also that time he was hugged from behind by a male Cupid who was naked, hit on by a guy decked out in BSMD gear and wielding a whip, and gained the interest of a male siren. There's also the ominous Foe Yay behavior of Lucifer towards Dean in season 5.
    • In-universe example: Dr. Sexy, MD. Ask Dean about it.
    • Castiel. His archangel brother calls him a "pretty-boy angel", and the male demon Crowley very discreetly checks him out and occassionally flirts with him while acknowledging the following:
      Crowley: There's a lot of angels swooning over've got what they call "sex appeal".
    • Crowley, Azazel, Lucifer, and a male Shifter have been known to ominously flirt with Sam and he's also a Chick Magnet.
  • Apropos Jensen Ackles from the above example. In Dark Angel, he has "a few" male fans as well, namely Normal, their boss at Jam Pony.
  • Two and a Half Men: Charlie is quite the womanizer and has had several flings throughout the course of the show. Also, in the episode "Tucked, Taped and Gorgeous" he attracted the attentions of a gay guy named Greg who called Charlie "pretty" and in the episode "The Sea Is a Harsh Mistress" a male lifeguard shows up at his house (he had saved Charlie from drowning earlier in the episode) who clearly had developed an interest in him, and he asks Charlie out. Charlie ends up agreeing.
    • In "Tucked, Taped and Gorgeous", Alan begins to question his sexuality after he becomes friends with Greg, but Greg tells him that he's not gay.
      Greg: Alan, you're not gay.
      Alan: Are you sure?
      Greg: Do you find me sexually attractive?
      Alan: No.
      Greg: Do you find any man sexually attractive?
      Alan: No. Well, maybe George Clooney.
      Greg: Clooney doesn't count.

    • Walden in the later seasons. Many females on the show are attracted to him, Alan didn't mind kissing him, and the therapist questioned her orientation after his hug.
  • Black Books: An author of travel novels reduces Fran to a giggling schoolgirl—as well as Manny. Curmudgeonly Bernard Black marches over to give the author what for and ends up just as charmed as the other two are.
  • 30 Rock: Jamie, the cute coffee boy. Frank, of all people, has a crush on him. Also, two of Liz's romantic interests (Floyd and Danny) have mutual bromances with Jack.
  • MADtv: "My Gay Dad Always Steals My Boyfriends Even Though They Say They're Straight Because He's Just So Irresistible They Can't Help Themselves And I Hate It!"
    • The teenaged character finally thinks she reaches a solution by going out with a blind guy, but even HE can't resist when her dad walks by, sensing his 'great ass'
  • Saturday Night Live's Mango. Though, based on the Ellen DeGeneres episode, it might just be that everyone subconsciously perceives him as a woman (considering he's only been pursued by straight men and lesbians).
  • On Glee, Blaine fits this perfectly. Artie has clearly come to consider Blaine his muse, the unnamed guitar player in Glee club has been totally jamming out with him, the Warblers all seem to worship him, his best friend Sam is totally flattered by his crush on him, and all the Glee club guys just generally really look up to him... and sometimes it seems a bit more than platonic. There's also Sebastian and Kurt's attraction to him.
    • Kurt himself has Blaine crushing on him as well as when he was kissed by Karofsky.
    • Mr. Martinez. Artie is the one to complete the sentence "Cutest. smile. ever." about Mr. Martinez after Rachel and Sugar with a dopey smile on his face.
    • In "I Am Unicorn", Artie sighs "So handsome" in response to Will talking about Dustin Goolsby.
  • Happens in Merlin in surprisingly Russell T. Davies fashion, when the (male) Villain of the Week in "Sweet Dreams" takes a little time out from his hectic evil schedule to go all reluctant-fangirl over Arthur:
    "Every woman in the land is attracted to this boy! I'm almost attracted to him myself..."
  • Julian from Trailer Park Boys. Male characters including Jim Lahey, Officer George Green, Randy, and Conky have all commented on his sexy black t-shirt and/or resemblance to Patrick Swayze. This trope is particularly prominent in The Movie: Countdown to Liquor Day.
  • Enver Gjokaj. He also has a twin brother.
  • Vince Noir from The Mighty Boosh is a prime example. He's able to turn straight men gay simple by looking at them—it doesn't help, of course, that he's played by Noel Fielding, sexiest comedian in the world, and voted sexiest man of the year by NME more than once—maybe it's the dazzling blue eyes.
  • The Drew Carey Show: When Drew is in limbo, all his fantasies come to life and the polite, dutiful, makeup-free Mimi informs him that he has a threesome with beautiful women scheduled at two, a foursome at three, and at five he will have sex with George Clooney. (Drew's straight, but he's not dead.) Angry, Drew asks if she ever stopped to think that he might want to take a nap before he has sex with George Clooney.
  • Jack Morgan from Look Around You, according to Peter Packard in the Health episode.
  • Dr. Chase on House. It seems everyone finds Chase ungodly attractive—House ponders aloud whether Foreman might be gay because he was unaffected by a pretty woman whom House couldn't think logically around. Wilson, without missing a beat, asks "Did he turn into an idiot around Chase?" He also ranges from getting hit on by a gay patient to constant jokes by House:
    House: Little girls who kiss frogs expect them to turn into you.
    Chase: Oh, come on, I'm not that good-looking.
    House: Yeah, you are.
    Wilson: You kind of are.
  • Chuck Bass. At one point, his girlfriend traded a kiss with him for a toast at a fancy event, and the person she made the trade with was a man.
  • Seen on a sign in the crowd when The Colbert Report was in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics: "Marry me Stephen! (It's legal here!)"
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation had Craig say this to Marco: "You know, you are a great guy....You're a little short, but that just adds to how cute you are. That I would find you if you were a girl or I was not a guy. Is not gay. Just tell me this is working." Then Dylan comes in and Marco spontaneously kisses Craig.
    • Also, Sean. Granted, the only guy in canon is Marco. Still, Marco, Emma, Manny, Paige, and Ashley all make some unambiguous romantic overtures toward Sean.
  • In an episode of Home Improvement named "Bachelor of the Year", Al was declared 'Detroit's Most Eligible Bachelor' and women started to hit on him. In one scene, a guy came up to him and enthusiastically introduced himself to Al.
  • Michael from Burn Notice. Fiona seems to be in love with him, male villains seem to have a thing for calling him "pretty", Gilroy seems to be actively hitting on him, Seymour clearly has a massive one-sided man-crush on him, and Word of God says that Larry is "primarily motivated by his love for Michael". Then there's the way the art dealer from the pilot acts around him.
  • Jon Stewart of The Daily Show, despite being a happy heterosexual, has been canonically shipped with a variety of real live men, including George Clooney, Ricky Gervais, Brian Williams, and especially Stephen Colbert.
  • The first episode of the third season of Castle includes Ryan commenting on a cardboard cutout of Castle that, "Wow, he really is ruggedly handsome".
    • This seems to overlap with Real Life. Just listen to the Season One commentaries and hear Seamus Dever (Ryan) and Jon Huertas gush about how "Yummy" Nathan Fillion is.
    • Let's face it, though, we're talking about Nathan Fillion.
  • Robin, Barney, and Marshall all end up with hopeless, full-blown crushes on one-off character Stan in How I Met Your Mother. Barney actually tells Stan that he loves him, and both Marshall and Barney seem to want to go on a date with him at the end of the episode. And Marshall and Barney also have an argument over which one of them Ted has gay dreams about; it devolved into this.
    Marshall: Ted and I have a history! I could do things to him that would blow his m... [beat] ...Why do we keep trying to have sex with Ted?
    Barney: I don't know; it's weird.
  • Eureka: Charles Grant. There's something about his unapologetic old-fashioned machismo...
    • And Nathan Stark. He may not be the "perfect specimen but he's damn close."
  • There's one scene in Slings & Arrows in which Richard Smith-Jones, now beloved by the cast of the musical he's taken over, wakes up next to one of the female cast with whom he'd slept earlier, and who calls him "Big Dick"...and then pan over to reveal one of the male cast, who also calls him.... Possibly because he'd taken a full tab of ecstasy the other night; his first time using the drug, no less.
  • Michael from Prison Break. T-Bag has had "designs" on Michael since their first meeting. Also, Tweener, seeing as he's been hit on by T-Bag as well.
  • Corner Gas: Quoting Davis: "Hank's...different...when he's fishing."
  • This guy on Australia's Got Talent. Judge Brian McFadden seems pretty damn pleased.
  • Michael Scott's epic mancrush on Ryan the Temp on the U. S. version of The Office. He gives Ryan the "Hottest Office Member" Dundie award, openly admits he'd sleep with Ryan (in "The Fire"), and calls Ryan "sweetcheeks" once in Season 3. And there are many more examples.
  • Mr. Harris in The New Adventures of Old Christine.
  • Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs has a lot of male fans who think he's pretty hot. He's even received email from a male fan stating this and that he had "a man crush on Mike Rowe".
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Craster commented that Jon Snow is prettier than half of his daughters. For extra-squicky subtext, Craster marries his daughters.
    • Two lowborn Lannister soldiers consider Ser Loras Tyrell to be prettier than Queen Cersei—and she's widely regarded to be the most beautiful woman in the Seven Kingdoms.
    • The bisexual Prince Oberyn Martell finds Olyvar (a male prostitute) so desirable that he isn't at all deterred when Olyvar informs his client that he's "wildly expensive."
    • Oberyn propositions Loras by mentally undressing the young man with his eyes in "The Lion and the Rose."
  • Eric from True Blood. Half the guys in Fangtasia are psyching themselves up to "offer themselves to him" and have erotic dreams about him. Also, in one episode Mr. Gus tells Pam "I'm no homo (homosexual), but he (Eric) is a handsome devil."
  • Almost occurred in one episode of Grimm when Monroe spies on a Ziegevolk who can generate lust-inducing hormones.
    Monroe: I can't be around that guy—I almost bought him a drink!
  • Parks and Recreation has Chris Trager, who brings out Jean-Ralphio's "open-minded as hell" side.
    Andy: From now on, we will be using code names. You can address me as Eagle One. Ann, code name: Been There, Done That. April is Currently Doing That. Donna is It Happened Once In A Dream. Chris, code name: If I Had To Pick A Dude. Ben is Eagle Two.
    • When Leslie points out that there are no women on Chris's gender equality commission:
      Councilman Milton: There's a lady right next to you. [Chris looks up] Oh, wait, no. It's just a very beautiful man.
  • Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock. Even the straight guys and lesbian women want him.
    John Watson: For the record, if anyone out there still cares, I'm not actually gay.
    Irene Adler: Well, I am. And yet, look at us both.
  • From the "Toni's Boys" episode of Charlie's Angels: In this clip, we see that Bob Sorenson is checking out Arnie, the male stripper while he and Kris watch Arnie rehearse.
  • Subverted in Warehouse 13. When Pete learns new agent Jinks is gay, Pete immediately whips his shirt off, comments on how great it will be to work with someone who appreciates how hot he is and offers to strip down any time Jinks wants. Jinks is all, no thanks, not my type.
  • Friends: Monica's oh-so-perfect season 1 boyfriend Alan.
    Ross: If only he were a woman.
    Rachel: Yeah... [awkwardly look at each other and walk away]
  • Frasier: Dr. Clint Webber, a new radio personality at KACL in "The Perfect Guy". This inspires great jealousy from Frasier, who schemes to find an exploitable weakness.
  • Jeff of Community is not only found canonically attractive by all three of the show's female leads, but is called handsome multiple times by many male characters and is heavily hit on by the Dean, who is a guy. He is also a raging narcissist about this fact.
  • We hear Beau Ryan of the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks getting wolf whistles from men and women when he does the NRL Footy Show in the nude.NSFW
  • Conan: In this segment, Elizabeth Banks tells Conan O'Brien that her husband would have sex with Tom Brady. Conan admits that he would too.
  • The Big Bang Theory: When Leonard demonstrates to Raj how he can be more popular with girls by being more confident (and removing his glasses). Raj is mesmerized by it.
  • Hannibal
    • Tobias Budge seemed to be attracted to both Hannibal the murderer and Hannibal the man. Tobias serenades Hannibal and flirts with him; Hannibal reciprocates at first, but ends whatever game he was playing with Tobias at their dinner date.
    • Will Graham. Matthew's intense, worshipful obsession with Will, and the way Will totally plays on it, practically batting his eyelashes at Matthew to get him to do a favour. Also, Hannibal directs much Foe Yay and Ho Yay towards him. And then there's (S1 finale spoilers) certain comments from Word of God:
    Interviewer: Is Hannibal's obsession with Will also an attempt to more fully understand himself?
    Fuller: Hannibal's absolutely on a journey of self-exploration, and he's fascinated by his fascination with Will. He is curious about this change that's come over him. It's sort of like somebody who is falling in love for the first time and had never felt that was actually a possibility for them. That's a fresh, unexplored territory for Hannibal that is exciting to him and interesting to him. Maybe his ultimate downfall is his attraction and affection for Will Graham.
  • There's J.D. mentioning he'd sleep with Harrison Ford in Scrubs.
  • The Muppets: In the 2015 show Pepe the king prawn mentions that Josh Groban gives him the feels too after a female muppet mentions that Josh Groban gives her pleasant feelings. The others stare at him and he says "What? He's a handsome man and gender is fluid."
  • A frequent running gag on Chuck is just how perfect Captain Awesome is, to the point that even male cast members have swooned over him.
    • It even happens to Chuck himself. Especially if some of Jeff's remarks are anything to go by.
  • Gotham: In addition to being in a romantic relationship with Leah, Jim unintentionally attracts a laundry list of admirers, male and female, most of whom are Ax-Crazy. At last count they include: Penguin; Nygma; Barbara; Sionis; and last but not least Theo Galavan who genuinely planned to have Jim at his side when he took over Gotham but due to Jim's refusal to bend to him finally orders him killed. Also, Barnes seems to take it rather harshly when he finds out about Gordon's misdeeds and is forced to arrest him. He even tells Gordon: "You broke my heart!"
    • Nygma earns the affections of two women and by season 3 Oswald develops feelings for him.
  • Mr. Robot: Elliot attracts girls and Ho Yay from Tyrell who eventually admits he's in love with Elliot.
  • Dexter is a Chick Magnet for his handsome looks, soft side towards kids, and endearing and bizarre behavioral quirks as well as his sociopath side. There's also been a few men that have expressed interest in him to his displeasure.
  • Blindspot: Kurt Weller is a Chick Magnet and also has Rich Dot Com and a male guest at a party he's infiltrating making passes at him.
  • Law & Order: Detective Rey Curtis frequently has women flirting with him, but during a Crossover with Homicide: Life on the Street, Detective Rene Shepard realizes that a suspect is gay because he was eyeballing Curtis instead of her. In another episode, another suspect comes on to him pretty openly (though the guy is a Depraved Bisexual who comes on to Jamie just as strongly not two minutes later).
  • There's a virtually identical scene in Without a Trace when Jack Malone notices a suspect doing the same thing to Martin Fitzgerald, much to the latter man's bemusement.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: Played with in the reboot, new victim-in-the-making Jonah Heston is being monitored during his meteorite delivery by two Gizmonic employees during the prologue. While the woman, Jonah's superior, is singing his praises in a professional/academic capacity, the mission control employeenote , is breathlessly fawning over him like a lovesick teenager and is pretty unambiguously sexually/romantically attracted to him.


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