Ah... Where was I?
Oh, right. Distracted by My Own Sexy is a subtrope of Distracted by the Sexy in which a character is distracted from their objective by their own good looks. This often suggests that the character is exceedingly vain, though there can be other reasons, usually by looking at themselves in the mirror or another reflective surface.
In literature, this is sometimes used as an As You Know to introduce how the character looks to the reader. They often stop to consider themselves and how attractive (or unattractive) they are. Expect any given Lemon to start this way.
While this can often occur in mundane situations, as with the mirror or reflective surface described above, this reaction may be caused by more fantastic reasons (for one thing, said mirror might be cursed to have this effect). A person having undergone some type of transformation may stop to admire their new looks, while Time Travel or cloning might give characters a chance to eye themselves up in person.
A sub-trope to Primp of Contempt. Compare Distracted by the Sexy, where a character's sex appeal distracts others; contrast Rage Against the Reflection, where characters hate to see their own image. See also Man, I Feel Like a Woman, where a man is distracted by his own newly gender-swapped sex appeal; and Showing Off the New Body, when a perpetrator of Grand Theft Me appreciates their new acquisition.
- Asuka from Asuka Hybrid falls victim to this a lot whenever he's doing things in front of the mirror with his gender-bent body.
- Bleach: Although it doesn't happen in the manga, it happens a fair bit in the Anime with Yumichika, leading to one episode where he finds himself having to fight his own clone. After taking a moment to admire himself he firmly requests Ikkaku swap opponents with him precisely because he knows this will be a problem. Ikkaku refuses and, sure enough, Yumichika is defeated having never lifted his sword because he 'can't fight such a beautiful me' whereas his Evil Twin thinks blood is beautiful.
- Pino gets this in EDENS ZERO when she chooses a humanoid form for a Digital Avatar on Digitalis in contrast to her stubby little android body, noticing her reflection in a window and giving a pleased, innocent smile as an early indicator of her Pinocchio Syndrome.
- Episode 1 of Tenchi Muyo! has Ryoko get briefly distracted by her own reflection, telling the mirror "You are one beautiful demon," before getting back to the chase.
- In Druuna: Clone, Druuna emerges from a pool when she notices her reflection in a nearby mirror. She stops to admire herself before making out with her own reflection (metaphorically, note—her reflection doesn't jump out or anything).
- In Kick-Ass, Katie thinks Dave is gay, and asks him if he ever gets turned on by looking at his own body in the mirror.
- In All Your Base are Belong to Her, Dawn readily admits to being quite vain, and at one point happily lists her favorite things about her appearance: cute face, tiny waist, pale, perfect skin, long sexy hair, and gorgeous blue-green eyes. While stealing armloads of clothes and jewelry from a high-end boutique which is well-equipped with mirrors, she has trouble keeping her eyes off her reflectionthough to be fair this was partly because of her fascination with her newly-acquired Glowing Eyes.
- The Miraculous World of Caline Bustier: Caline Bustier, Marinette's teacher, ends up borrowing the Ladybug Miraculous when Marinette is sick. She's too distracted to notice at the time, but the next day she sees the pictures online, which show her in a skin-tight costume plus a sexy jacket.
Caline: Wow. That... Is a very flattering costume. This is good. This is a good morning.
- In the RWBY fic CRME, Cinder does this at one point. She's so narcissistic that she can't help but admire her own naked body in the reflection of a mirror.
- In the third Chapter of the Kill la Kill fanfic Maim de Maim where Satsuki was greeted by the reflection of her wearing her Kamui which, as we know by now, shows a lot of skin. But unlike Ryuko, Satsuki was basically enthralled by the very sight.
- A Touhou Project 4koma, in which Suika uses her power to gather mass to give herself large breasts, ends with the memetic line, "Sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of my tits!" (image is SFW, site isn't)
- The classic Disney example is Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, who pauses while proposing to Belle to check out his reflection in the mirror.
- In American Psycho, during the porn film he's making with two prostitutes, Patrick Bateman manages to get distracted by his own sex appeal. In his defense, he is played by Christian Bale.
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. THAT scene....
- Captain America, of all people, in Avengers: Endgame. During the time travel mission, Tony snarks about how Steve's 2012 costume "did nothing for [his] ass," while Scott insists he still looks great because "As far as [he's] concerned, that's America's ass." After fighting and knocking out his past self, Steve agrees with Scott.
Steve: ....that is America's ass.
- In Batman (1989), a pre-Joker Jack Napier takes a long, loving look in the mirror while preparing to go out. His moll tells him he looks great, and he brushes her off with, "I didn't ask."
- In the RiffTrax for Casino Royale (2006), the guys make fun of Bond's prolonged examination of himself in a new tuxedo by invoking this trope.
Kevin: My God, I'm hot. This tuxedo would look best on the floor! Heh heh. Seriously, though, I'd do me in a heartbeat.
- In Confessions of a Psycho Cat, Rocco's girl is delivering him a lecture about how much she enjoys sex when she stops and starts kissing her reflection in the mirror.
- In Nerve, Vee is dared to go into a store and try on a certain, very sexy, very expensive, very sparkly party dress. She does so, takes a look at herself in the mirror, and is stunned by what she sees.
Vee: (talking to her reflection) Hey there. How are you doing? Oh, this? (striking a pose) This old thing?
- In the 1987 teen comedy Party Camp, Brainless Beauty Dyanne acts very turned on by her own breasts when she looks into the girls' locker room mirror. The other girls don't even seem surprised.
- In Stardust Upon recovering her youth, Vain Sorceress Lamia strips naked in front of a mirror and eyes her newly rejuvenated body appreciatively, even winking flirtatiously at herself. Her sisters, still old, look on in envious awe.
- In Angelmaker, Edie, a spy, admires herself in the mirror while crossdressing, feeling that it's a shame she can't sleep with herself and that her looks might even interfere with her mission.
- In one of Isaac Asimov's Black Widowers stories, the guest is a man whose specialty is job interviews. He keeps a variety of objects on his desk and judges people's character by how they interact with those objects. The fashion-conscious Mario Gonzalo asks how he did on his interview, and the guest replies that he never reveals his secrets, but he will mention one thing: "There was a mirror in the room."
- Chakona Space: A few days after his unfortunate Teleporter Accident, Dale spends a few moments checking out his new, larger, more impressive body in a mirror. Only to be interrupted by an admiring Lupu.
- Lucifera from The Faerie Queene is constantly looking admiring her beauty in a mirror, even when she has a crowd of princes and queens waiting to meet with her.
- In The French Lieutenant's Woman, Ernestina Freeman has a rather longish session by the mirror when she admires herself as one of the prettiest girls she knows. She gets a bit aroused and thinks about future sex with Charles, her fiancé. She also feels guilty and thinks that it's inappropriate because she's a Victorian girl.
- One of the minor characters in Frank Yerby's Pirate novel The Golden Hawk wore a thick, unkempt beard. When the protagonist, as part of disguising the whole crew, shaved him by force, he was shocked to discover, "I'm right pretty!" (the narration acknowledged that he was, indeed, quite a handsome fellow under all that facial hair) and thereafter he was often seen checking himself out in a mirror.
- Bishie werewolf crossdresser Markus from the Lonely Werewolf Girl series has gotten stuck in front of a mirror admiring himself a couple of times. Especially if there is a blouse or a frock for him to try on at the same time.
- Eve falls to an innocent version of this in Paradise Lost: the first thing she sees after being made is her reflection and is captivated by its beauty, then she sees Adam and decides he is not as good looking as her and tries to go back to looking at her reflection. They end up together.
- In early scenes of Restoree Sara, our heroine is more interested in her lovely new body than she is in the fact she's on another planet in a decidedly sinister 'clinic'. She gets over it.
- Subversion: The Space Trilogy includes a scene where the Un-Man, in Weston's body, tries to teach vanity to the Green Lady by dressing her up in a feather-cloak and holding his shaving-mirror to let her see how beautiful she is, but she eventually grows bored with this and abandons the cloak.
- John Lithgow's character on 3rd Rock from the Sun, whose catchphrase was "My God! I'm GORGEOUS!"
- Dark Action Girl Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is wicked-hot and very much knows it. In the episode 'This Year's Girl', after she takes Joyce hostage, she poses and preens in front of a mirror, admiring herself. Discovering some sexy lipstick among Joyce's things, she applies it, studies the result in the mirror, and is so pleased that she leans in and gives her reflection a kiss.
- In Castle, during an investigation, our hero sees himself reflected in a storefront window and remarks "I really am ruggedly handsome." Of course, he is played by Nathan Fillion.
- The demon who possesses Phoebe in one episode of Charmed falls prey to this. Of course, she specifically chose Phoebe because of her attractiveness, being considered ugly in her true body. She stops to check out her reflection at every chance and changes clothes no fewer than twice, just for the fun of showing off her new body. Piper takes a suspicious amount of time catching on to this behavior.
- Doctor Who:
- The Doctor is prone to this generally right after a regeneration. "Yes, we're in great danger, but I want to see what I look like now!"
- Although their reaction when they do see their new face for the first time is generally negative, so it's more of an inversion/a case of "distracted by my own dissatisfying reflection". Exceptions are Ten, who generally gushes and fanboys about everything, and Six, who seems to be the only one who finds his face or multicoloured wardrobe - all that attractive...
- In the Comic Relief special The Curse of Fatal Death, the version of the Doctor played by Richard E. Grant is so distracted by his own reflection that he licks the mirror.
- Lady Cassandra, the self-proclaimed Last Human, does this twice (okay, almost-sort-of three times) in one episode once after having hijacked Rose Tyler's body, once after stealing the Doctor's and once, in a weird example involving time travel, to her original body after having borrowed the dying body of her clone-bred body servant.
- It turns out that the Doctor is not the only one who has to stop and check themselves out after regenerating as demonstrated by Melody Pond's regeneration into River Song in the Führer's headquarters. Promptly subverted when it turns out she was secretly applying poison lipstick.
"I'm going to wear LOTS of jodhpurs!"
- In "The Vampires of Venice", the Doctor can't resist pausing in front of a mirror to make faces and say "Hello, handsome!" It's convenient because it means that when five creepy girls who don't like sunlight pop up, he can also notice that they don't have reflections...
- It may not be a mirror, but Amy gets distracted by checking out her future/past self in the Comic Relief short "Time".
- Clara similarly finds the sight of a slightly time-displaced version of herself from the back rather enjoyable, which leads to a hilarious exchange when the Doctor, perhaps inspired by a less flattering experience involving the back of his own head, tries to apply some unneeded reassurance among the lines of "It's okay, it's not that bad..."
- The Doctor is prone to this generally right after a regeneration. "Yes, we're in great danger, but I want to see what I look like now!"
- How I Met Your Mother:
- This sort of thing apparently happens to Marshall whenever he drinks a daiquiri.
- In a variation, Lily thinks her stripper doppelgänger is incredibly hot.
- Robin reveals she gets turned on by watching herself on TV. She's a news anchor.
- Power Rangers:
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Monster of the Week Octophantom had this weakness. To defeat him, they used a mirrored shield, causing him to stop his attack to admire himself. Earlier, a similarly-named monster named Octoplant was distracted by her reflection in a skyscraper, allowing the Rangers to kill her with the Power Sword.
- Happens on MythQuest often. Alex or Cleo are usually distracted by their own reflections because they've just taken the place of a character within a myth. Evidently, mythical heroes are much sexier than kids in their late teens.
- Power Rangers Time Force: The Blue Ranger Lucas is quite obsessed with his looks. In one episode he stops looking for the Monster of the Week to check himself out in the mirror. What makes this especially hilarious is that Lucas was doing this while fully decked out in his Ranger suit which covers his face.
- The Cat in Red Dwarf would often get distracted when he looked at himself in the mirror, commenting on how sexy and good looking he was. In one episode he claimed to be physically incapable of pulling himself away, and Lister had to drag him.
Cat: Thanks, buddy. That was a bad one.
- In one of the books, we get to know a little more about Cat society, and it turns out one of the Cats' television stations is a twenty-four-hour mirror channel. However, that's from the part of the story that turns out to be part of a Lotus-Eater Machine.
- In an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sabrina's aunts have a mirror that supposedly makes anyone look attractive. It's hinted that it's not the reflection that changes so much as the viewer's perception. So, anyone looking in the mirror (even the fat, balding principal) gets distracted by their own sexy.
- Scrubs played it for laughs in an episode where narcissist Dr. Cox constantly falls in love (or at least pretends to) with his own mirror image.
- In the first Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Mirror Universe episode, Intendent Kira was definitely distracted by Major Kira. In her episode commentary, Nana Visitor says that she played this attraction as more narcissism than lesbianism; however, later episodes portrayed the Intendant as someone prone to being distracted by anybody of either sex.
- Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" includes the line "Gotta kiss myself, I'm so pretty".
- Hello! Project member Matsuura Aya was accused on several occasions of — and has freely admitted to — being distracted by her own reflection in mirrors while someone was trying talk to her or by monitors when she's on camera.
- In Shinto, Japan's indigenous Religion, this happens to the Sun Goddess Amaterasu, though unlike many other versions of this trope it was a deliberate ruse on the part of the other Gods to get her to leave a cave she was hiding in due to a Heroic BSoD.
- Narcissus from Ovid, making this Older Than Feudalism. He's put under a spell that made him fall in love with his own reflection in a pool of water and stared at it until he wasted away into nothing. Other versions say he was just that damn conceited, or that the curse was a punishment for his pre-existing vanity (this would be where we get the word "narcissist" and its kin - they refer to this guy). Yet other versions speed up his death by having him try to kiss himself, only to fall in and drown. He didn't die as such - Echo, the nymph who had sought him, saved him by turning him into a flower. And now you know why that one kind is called a Narcissus. Echo was cursed to only be able to parrot what others had already said. This is (in one version) how Narcissus fell in love with his reflection - upon seeing it, he said "I love you", prompting her to gladly do the same... but he thought it was his image saying it.
- Crossed with It's All About Me and The Fighting Narcissist and Played for Laughs with "Exotic" Adrian Street's "I'm In Love with Me":
"I find it very difficult to get me off my mind
But that's the price perfection has to pay."
- During his "Dashing" phase, Cody Rhodes would stop and preen himself in the hi-def video display on his way down to the ring. For a bit, he even had an assistant around to have a mirror ready in case he needed some touch-ups, or just because. Then Rey Rey shattered his nose, and he took it slightly worse than Doctor Doom.
- Lex Luger had a short-lived shtick as The Narcissist where his ring entrance involved a lot of flexing in a full-length mirror in the ring and preventing it from being removed a couple of times for the beginning of the match.
- Dungeons & Dragons: Dragon magazine #50 had an artifact called Barlithian's Mystical Mirror. Among its other abilities, it can attract intelligent monsters to admire themselves in it. Its writeup also includes a story about a previous owner: one day, he woke up and found several monsters vainly admiring themselves in the Mirror and fainted. When he came to, not only was he amazed to still be alive and in one piece, but his unwanted guests had actually left behind some money and a magic item as payment.
That day [he] sold the mirror and moved.
- In Dungeons & Dragons 5E, medusas combine this with So Beautiful, It's a Curse. See, the 5th Edition version of medusas has their origin in incredibly vain mortals who made a Deal with the Devil for eternal youth and beauty. They got it, but when the price came due they were turned into monsters (but retained their looks). If they ever see their own reflections, they're helplessly enthralled by their own appearance and will continue to stare at it until they turn themselves to stone.
- Toreador-clan vampires in Vampire: The Masquerade. Their clan weakness is that they're easily entranced by anything beautiful, including themselves.
- In Warhammer, there is Sigvald the Magnificent, a champion of Slaanesh. He wears a magic armor of solid gold, and his retinue has mirrored shields so he can watch his reflection during the battle. In game terms, he is subject to Stupidity, a rule usually applied to big stupid monsters as sometimes he will get distracted in the least appropriate moment. Anyone who might try to use this distraction for attack will quickly discover that Sigvald, vain as he might be, is still a haughty Bishōnen with a cool sword... which is bad news in most universes.
- In Gypsy, when Louise first sees herself in the mirror in her elegant dress for her first strip act, she's stopped cold for a moment, then whispers, "Mama... I'm pretty!" It's not so much narcissism as absolute shock, though.
- When Maria sings "I Feel Pretty" in West Side Story, flirting with her reflection, it's connected with her romance with Tony, so it averts narcissism through devotion to the love object.
- Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! has a variant with Handsome Jack and his body double, the Doppelganger. The attraction is decidedly one-sided; the Doppelganger is creeped out by his employer's interest.
Jack: Hey, my body double finally arrived! Wow. You sound... really attractive. Distractingly So.Jack: I'd suggest my body double, but he's way too hot to die.
- Claw: One level takes place under the sea. There are strange male mermaid creatures who would occasionally cry: "Gosh, I'm handsome!"
- Kefka, when engaging in a Mirror Match in Dissidia Final Fantasy, utters this squicky little piece of gold:
"Oooh! Who's that handsome devil!?"
- Duke Nukem Forever, just like Duke Nukem 3D before it, lets you do this in any mirror you find. You even get a boost to your maximum health the first time you do it!
- During the maid cafe scene in Hatoful Boyfriend, Ryouta gets a mirror so the birds can check their costumes. Oko San fails to recognize his own reflection, and starts trying to court it.
- In the ninth chapter of Hyperdimension Neptunia V, Neptune looks at her HDD Purple Heart self and describes her as a cool, stylish, and beautiful. She also approves that she's hot despite the fact that Ultradimension Rei made a copy of her.
- In Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Shuma-Gorath actually seems pleased with his Mirror Match partner's physical appearance.
- Wear the Raikov mask in front of the actual Raikov and wait a little.
- At one point in Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer, Gannayev stops for a moment to compliment Kaelyn's eyes... Only to point out the reason he likes them so much is that they're highly reflective.
Gann: Your eyes are like mirrors, which make them doubly pleasing to me. It allows me to admire my reflection without the aid of a looking glass.
- In Town of Salem, the Escort roleblocks people via Distracted by the Sexy. If she's messed with by a Coven Leader/Witch or a Transporter, she can roleblock herself, which grants the I Look Good achievement.
- In World of Warcraft there are two trash mobs, Vanity and Zeal, found on the path between the second and third bosses of the Siege of Orgrimmar instance that can cause players to become stunned this way. They're spawn of the Sha of Pride, which is lurking about.
- In Awkward Zombie, Marth is briefly attracted to Lucina when she shows up for Super Smash Bros. 4. Turns out it's just because she looks exactly like him.
- Eerie Cuties:
- El Goonish Shive:
- A V5-ed Susan gets distracted by her own sudden-sexy in this strip. Understandable, as in addition to the appearance this form has a rather... unusual hormonal status, which she wanted to experience in the first place. She stood enthralled until Insulted Awake and only the second attempt at that.
- Genderbent Sarah also has one of these moments here. Notable for actually being a rare inversion of Man, I Feel Like a Woman.
"NO! BAD Sarah! Stop thinking of yourself as a sex object!!"
- Elliot, trying to get in touch with his feminine side so he can learn to use spells that aren't Gender Benders, tries ogling himself in the mirror as various girls, then gets a tip from Ellen: his superheroine spell has a goth alter-ego.
"The world is cold, but this form is hot."
- There's also when Nanase was training her magic, her "color clone" took a pause and said, "...wow. I'm hot."
- Sarah, once again, experiences this in a non-canon strip when she undergoes a temporary transformation that makes her bustier and curvier.
- In Girl Genius, after Lucrezia has just hijacked Agatha's body, her thoughts are briefly interrupted when she finds a mirror.
Lucrezia: Oh, do forgive me. It's been so long since I... well, since I was really human, I suppose. Very nice... now - you were saying?
- Very squicky, considering that Agatha is Lucrezia's freakin' DAUGHTER.
- Ménage à 3: Didi's bad angel hadn't manifested since Didi was in the third grade. When she finally returns, well into Didi's adulthood, she looks down at her own breasts and is obviously very impressed:
"Holy crap! Check out the rack on me!"
- Misfile: Ash comments early on that "if it weren't me in the mirror, I'd be pretty turned on about now." when trying on bras. Later she worries that the fact that she's no longer distracted by her own sex appeal is a sign that she's losing masculinity.
- This Subnormality strip, panel eight. The recurring Ms. Fanservice character needs a 40-minute shower after "regarding" herself.
- Trans Girl Next Door: Kylie gets horrible food poisoning and scrambles desperately to the bathroom. When she passes a mirror, though, she just has to pause to look at herself.
- Homestar Runner: In the Strong Bad Email "what I want", Strong Bad is distracted by the "hypnotically-swaying hips" of a mechanical dancing "no-bot" of himself.
- During her playthrough of Dishonored, Materwelonz comes across a wanted poster of herself (well, her player character) and pauses for a few moments to gush about how handsome Corvo is.
It's a shame to cover up a face like this!
- While striding purposely to fight the Nerd, The Nostalgia Critic can't resist checking himself out in a shop mirror.
- In the Whateley Universe, Jobe has this problem more than once. After all, he is stuck in a body he designed to be his ideal girlfriend.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Sokka's very first scene has him being distracted from hunting and arguing with Katara by the reflection of his muscles in the water.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy: This was once exploited in "Ed or Tails", when Edd manages to distract Eddy with Eddy's own reflection. In a mirror strapped to a remote-controlled car. While in the middle of a race.
Double D: Narcissistic ninny!
- Family Guy has the instance when Peter, entranced by his own physical improvements after being subjected to a considerable amount of plastic surgery, becomes obsessed with staring at his car's mirror... ignoring the fact he's driving straight to a cliff... and into a vat of lard.
- Happens with Stewie in "Emission Impossible". He puts on lipstick to smear all over Peter's shirt collar so Lois will think he's cheating and refuse to have sex with him, only to end up talking dirty to his own reflection long enough for Lois to catch him and scold him for making a mess.
- In the Madballs episode "Escape from Orb", Freakella stops to admire her own reflection while sneaking out to perform with the other Madballs at the Hole-In-The-Ground Club. It ends up working out for her when she notices the Badball Bruise Brother sneaking up behind her and takes the opportunity to beat him up in retaliation for calling her a "mophead" earlier.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Rarity does this on occasion, such as after getting butterfly wings in one episode.
- In The Owl House, when training Luz for her fight against Grom, Edric and Emira conjure the illusion of a giant Eda that treats Luz like a baby. Drawn out by the resulting screaming the real Eda is quite impressed with herself before realizing that somethings going on.
Eda: Is that supposed to be me? [chuckles] Dang, I look great!
- In "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door" Eda learns to cooperate with her curse and gains a harpy-like Super Mode. After seeing her new form in a reflection, Eda immediately starts posing and admiring herself.
- In Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Doofenshmirtz and his alternate-universe counterpart find each other handsome; and in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Mom's In The House", Doofenshmirtz and a duplicate of Doofenshmirtz's head greet each other with a simultaneous, "Hello, handsome!" (This despite the fact that Doof's in-universe ugliness has been a plot point on several occasions.)
- Blitz from Road Rovers has been shown kissing himself a number of times on the show.
- Star Trek: Lower Decks: In "Moist Vessel", while in Captain Freeman's ready room, Commander Ransom at one point gets distracted by his own muscular arm and stares at it while flexing his bicep.
- In the Tales From The Cryptkeeper episode "The Sleeping Beauty", the stereotypical handsome hero Chuck keeps pausing to look in the mirror for "handsome checks"... to the point that he frequently has to be reminded about his mission of waking the beautiful princess by his dorky sidekick/brother Melvin.
- Wacky Races: Dick Dastardly impersonates a western outlaw, Desperate Dick in "The Dopey Dakota Derby." He tries to scare the other racers off by challenging them to draw (pistols, but Dick doesn't specify this). Penelope takes up the challenge and draws a picture of him, which he admires greatly at length allowing the other racers to pass on through. Muttley brings it to his attention:
Dastardly!Desperate Dick: Drat! Betrayed by my own good looks!
- Winx Club: In her introductory scene in a very early episode in the first season, Darcy demonstrates her ability to be in multiple places at once, and takes a moment after "splitting up" to admire and comment on how good-looking she is.
- This can happen to a person after they've lost a significant amount of weight. It's a case of "Wait, that's me in the mirror?"