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"Giving a reader a sex scene that is only half right is like giving her half of a kitten. It is not half as cute as a whole kitten; it is a bloody, godawful mess."

Sometimes sexy things happen in a show. Sometimes they're not entirely intended that way, but end up being made out as such.

Sometimes the setup is there but something kills it. Replacing a love scene's music with Entry of the Gladiators circus music will rapidly turn something appealing into something bizarre, absolutely wrecking any gratification the viewer might get out of it.

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The writer might not realize that their knowledge of the reproductive system is limited at best. Or the exotic elements could just be overwhelmed by good ol' fashioned Nightmare Fuel. It's important to remember, however, that there is no such thing as complete Fetish Retardant, because if it exists, somebody will find it arousing in spite of any efforts to make it unappealing.

Subtropes include No Yay, IKEA Erotica, and Mills and Boon Prose.

Fetish Retardant applies only when the unsexiness is entirely unintended, perhaps making something like a sexual Narm moment. If the retarding is something added in on purpose to keep the scene from being sexy, that's Fan Disservice (though this can backfire spectacularly).

Inherently Funny Words and Unusual Euphemisms are major causes of Fetish Retardant in written erotica. Written Sound Effects often combine the two.

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Contrast Rule of Sexy (although it can become this when it fails). When this is inverted, it's Think Unsexy Thoughts. Naturally, these are Subjective, so there's no need to keep contesting entries; just bring them over to Fetish Fuel.

Any attempt to introduce actual rules for sexual acts in roleplaying games falls under this, chiefly due to the sheer awkwardness of roleplaying sexual encounters with close friends.

This happens to a lot of fanfic (Sturgeon's Law, remember) for various reasons. IKEA Erotica, creepy/weird euphemisms, Anatomically Impossible Sex, spelling mistakes that add fuel to the Narm fire, or just the Fridge Horror that sets in when you realize you're reading porn about a children's cartoon.

In Video Games, most eroge/visual novel translations suffer from severely mood-breaking onomatopoeias. Fellatio simply should NOT make the sound "chap chap chap".

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When this happens In-Universe, it's a kind of Moment Killer.

Fetish Retardant is accidental by definition; when it's planned, that's Fan Disservice. If this trope happens right from the get-go, expect an Audience-Alienating Premise. It should be noted that this trope is based entirely on opinion, as what some people regard as a turn-off might end up being a turn-on for others, depending on how they see it.

Be careful with Hentai and Pornography examples, please, as per wiki rules.


Examples:

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  • A Carl Jr's ad depicting Miss Turkey... wearing a bikini... depicting their burgers... on close-up. Rather tacky, since the little burgers make what she's wearing look like Goofy Print Underwear.
  • The Mature Dating site ads. While it's clear that there is a target audience, for most people seeing an old woman around their mother's age in sexy poses is pure Squick.
  • A Virgin Airlines ad featured Sassy Black Woman ordering a Mexican wrap. Said wrap appeared as an attractive naked Latin man in a tortilla. Yeah, showing a woman wanting to get down with anthropomorphized burrito is supposed to make us want to ride their airlines.
  • The gay dating... okay, hook-up site Adam4Adam heavily features porn ads to keep it free. Most of the ads are pleasing to the eye (even when the scenarios are silly, at least the models are hot), except for those that promote a pornographic cartoon site. It's fair to assume that most people can happily live their lives without ever seeing Mr. Burns get it on with Smithers, among other famous cartoon characters having graphic sex. This is a very common trope on adult sites, both gay and straight, with cartoon porn ads (or extremely extreme real porn ads) being often fetish retardants.

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    Fanfiction 
  • The infamous My Immortal Harry Potter fanfic, when the genitals are referred to as "thingy" and "you-know-what".
  • The notoriously awful Lord of the Rings fanfic Celebrian is loaded with this. Even if you're someone who would actually be turned on by the story's Squicky sexual content, lines like "Oh, thank you, great-king-with-balls-of-fire, king-whose-great-rod-my-mouth-yearns-for." and "Very well, cock-sucker, suck-cock." are likely to cause a completely different reaction.
  • Surprises of a Wedding Night, a Lord of the Rings fanfic, is about Aragorn experiencing such a surprise. Could be fanservice or fetish retardant (or just hilarious), and is disturbingly compatible with the Elfeminate trope, as male elves apparently lack certain attributes while female elves, well ... that's the surprise.
  • One Hellsing fanfic (title unknown) was pretty good up until the point where Integra started wondering about Alucard's "one-eyed trouser snake". Narm in itself, and completely out of character for Integra. The funny part is that it's a real-life euphemism, but becomes rather freakish when you take into account his powers. And his one-eyed trouser snake is probably a literal one-eyed trouser snake, considering Alucard's eye for Squicky humor.
  • Several Kirk/Spock Slash Lemons mention that Spock's dick is green. Not limited to fanfics. Leonard Nimoy himself was asked if they were green. And yes, "they". Apparently, Vulcans have forked dicks. And not just forked. Vulcan green tentacle cock has shown up on more than one occasion.
  • Zim/Dib often has the same issues as Kirk/Spock. And again, the phrase "trouser snake" is not meant to be literal (so please, please don't describe Irken genitalia as being long, green, and writhing).
  • In Light and Dark The Adventures of Dark Yagami. "He was as a big as a bus and was wearing leather pants which dint hide his super big man thingy which was the size of a bus and twice as wide."
  • Every single Sex scene in My Inner Life. Only surpassed by the "Bondage-ritual" scene, which is... Squick to the utmost.
  • Forbiden Fruit: The Tempation of Edward Cullen: Most of the fic. Special mention goes to Edward's "throbbing lavender man-fruit thing" and the scene where Jasper Cullen has sex with an apparently non-anthropomorphic panda.
  • Every adult-rated fanfic encountered by the Protectors of the Plot Continuum.
  • Chocobo Nights: Even assuming that there are people out there who enjoy the thought of Tifa being impregnated by a Chocobo, the terrible spelling renders it impossible to find this fic anything but either horrifying or funny.
    "It's so furry!"
  • Rectified Anonymity, otherwise known as "The Pokémon Story", starts off with a horrifying example of Pokémon rape, and just somehow keeps getting worse. You'll need a lot of Brain Bleach by the time you've finished.
  • All fanfics that emphasize that Bigger Is Better in Bed, and describe penetration as painful in order to show how "big" the character is. Ouch.
  • Chibiusa's Seventh Birthday, which due to the author's lack of understanding of biology and constant misspellings makes it unsexy even to lolicons.
  • A.A. Pessimal began a story expanding on a one-line reference in Terry Pratchett's Discworld to an undead Zombie stripper. She also engages in a romance with Watch zombie Reg Shoe. How might a zom-rom-com work out in practice? See here. Stuck On You'' got stuck after two chapters as some details are too potentially horrible even for Pessimal.
  • The Lion King 2 1/2 (Also goes by Everything The Light Touches) is literally made of this from start to finish. Not only are there so many sex scenes that all of them combined exceed the word count of a Lord of the Rings book, but most of them concern... "interesting" scenarios, which includes three-ways, gang bangs, open infidelity, excessive amounts of "liquids", incest, orgies, or even all of the above at the same time. All described in truly excruciating detail with hardly anyone spared; every character-on-character combination you could imagine is included at some point or another, and it gets worse once Original Characters come in later on. In one case during a flashback, Simba was described to by graphically raping Vitani. This would be bad on its own, but what really drives it home is that he's doing it in the middle of the second movie's climax. The last we hear from any of the canon characters is Nala and Sarabi both getting pregnant from another pride's males, with the latter going to live with said pride to "feel wanted" for the rest of her days. Oddly enough, Kiara is spared from being pregnant, as you'd expect the amount of sex in this story to warrant her and Kovu "breeding" at some point or another. Ironically, the only canon couples in the fic are the ones that get the least amount of action together (whether that's a good thing or not is up to you).
  • Almost all of LiquidPhazon's fic has the main character mind-control other characters so that they would essentially become the main character's sex slave. It's intended to be romantic and sexy, but given the fact that they are forced against their will to be turned into slaves for their master, this ends up adding some implications that make the lemon scenes more creepy than sexy.

    Film — Animated 
  • One of the most disliked elements in Batman: The Killing Joke was the romance and eventual sex scene between Batman and Batgirl. Many found it to simply be a repulsive, out-of-character, and unnecessary Romantic Plot Tumor in a movie that already had far too much filler.

    Film — Live-Action 

In General:

  • Expect anything sexy in a movie being riffed on Mystery Science Theater 3000 to turn out this way. After all, if they weren't bad movies, they wouldn't be on the show.
    • In Space Mutiny, a female character's prolonged suggestive dancing only nauseates Mike and the Bots ("She's presenting like a mandrill!"). Mostly because the woman looked to be possibly the oldest person in the cast... and the movie kept treating her like a sexy teenager. note 
    • In The Screaming Skull, the complete lack of appeal in the movie's love scene prompts the line, "Flat, drab passion meanders aimlessly across the screen!"
    • A movie called Racket Girls had some of the ugliest women ever in it. As Crow said "My loins will never stir again"
    • Mitchell. Baby oil.
    • In Hobgoblins Kyle obviously has some... unusual tastes in women. Considering the woman that appears in his Hobgoblin-induced fantasy looks old enough to be his mother, and her completely unsubtle come-ons are especially overdone.

By Movie:

  • Burt Reynolds and Shirley Maclaine making out in the back seat in Cannonball Run II.
  • Cats is one of the most infamous examples in modern history. This is a movie about anthropomorphic singing cats, yet it is also weirdly erotic and sexual all the time, and undermines that eroticism by plunging itself deep in the Uncanny Valley. Gone are the simple but effective costumes/make-up and stylish dancing of the original stage show, replaced with motion capture CGI where the cats are basically human faces grafted onto cat bodies doing sexy poses and gyrating wildly. It's downright nauseating, and made even worse by some of the acting choices; ever wanted to see an eighty-year-old Ian McKellen bent over, drinking milk out of a bowl as if he's being forced to do pet-play BDSM? Unsurprisingly, the movie quickly came to be one of the biggest cinematic fiascos in recent times.
  • Catwoman puts Halle Berry in a Stripperiffic version of the heroine's comic book outfit. But it's so skimpy it looks more like bondage gear, and thus it's slightly uncomfortable to look at. Additionally, Patience gets a radical makeover that gives her an unflattering hairstyle, too much make-up, and another black leather Spy Catsuit. Yes, the movie decided that Halle Berry needed a makeover.
  • Some feel that the character Holli Would from Cool World is a bit oversexualized, to the point that it's a turn-off.
  • In Die Another Day's opening theme, at one point Madonna moans in a seductive, sexy tone... "Sigmund Freud". Anything else in that tone of voice could've been a fetish, but invoking Sigmund Freud, not so much.
  • Disco Pigs managed to do this with Cillian Murphy, even when some thought that was impossible. We're just accepting Murphy (then 24) as a teenage boy, then he's shirtless. Ooh, drool. And heartbreakingly smitten with his female best friend. But then he goes into a ridiculously long monologue about his best friend, describing how he wants to be with her in rather graphic sexual terms, and she looks so cute and innocent and young and actually 16 in her nightie and he suddenly looks really old... Of course, some girls loved it. However, many people had the same reaction as above - there is even artwork to prove it.
  • Epic Movie does an intentional version of this. In the sex scene with Mystique, while shapeshifting into whatever Peter wants, she at first gets a bigger breast size and bigger ass size. This is a sexy scenario which would be a wonderful sight for any guy. She then gains a monobrow and "big flabby grandma arms/bingo wings". Then it's suddenly not as sexy...
    Peter: [drooling] Now that's what I'm talking about...
    [cut to a fat Mystique flapping her flabby arms]
    Peter: ...Come here!
    [It zooms in on her cross-eyed monobrowed face as she wiggles her tongue. Peter pulls her down and they start to get it on]
  • All of the victims in Exterminator City are nubile young women, most of them portrayed by adult film stars. Unfortunately, many of them have either misshapen or just grotesquely oversized breasts, undoubtedly due to cheap and/or botched cosmetic surgery.
    Ben Platt: This movie made me actually mad at both big breasts and nudity.
  • In the Australian romantic movie The Heartbreak Kid (not to be confused with the Ben Stiller film), when the much-anticipated sex scene comes along the music they choose to play is Lacrimosa from Mozart's Requiem Mass. Funeral music? Not so sexy... unless you're an UberGoth, that is.
  • Howling II: Stirba: Werewolf Bitch: The werewolf orgy that Stirba initiates and takes part in. If they were all fully human it would just be straight fanservice, and if they were full wolves having sex it would probably be as banal as something out of the Discovery channel. However, because they're partially transformed it looks like some bizarre furry fantasy.
  • The Jacket has a sex scene between Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley. The former is a mental patient and the latter is a functioning alcoholic - so they're both quite thin.
  • Ken Park seemingly goes out of its way to make the sex scenes as gross and unpleasant as possible. Some of this is intentional, but more often than not it's unintentional. Even Shawn and Rhonda's sex scene, the most "normal" in the film (in the sense that it doesn't involve anything abusive or paraphiliac), has a distinctly unsexy vibe to it. It's not at all helped by the fact the majority of them are unsimulated, including Shawn and Rhonda's.
  • Many people believe the Neo/Trinity sex scene in The Matrix Reloaded was not sexy at all, but instead horrendously out-of-place and a little bit gross, despite being juxtaposed with a borderline orgy scene. The fact that it's actually pretty hard to tell which of them is which may be a factor. The whole cave orgy scene can be Fetish Retardant, too.
  • In The Piano, people were treated to more of Harvey Keitel than they ever wanted to see.
  • The infamous sex scenes in Quest for Fire are more cringe-inducing than sexy. Which, to be fair, is realistic given that the characters are primitive, apelike cavemen. Ron Perlman summed it up pretty well; "There's not a lot of foreplay, it's just (*obscene grunting*)."
  • Tommy Wiseau's The Room gave us numerous incredibly long and awkward sex scenes. The less said about Wiseau's bottom, the better.
  • Sextette: Mae West is still being presented as a memetic sex goddess, a good forty years (at least) after her Hollywood prime, complete with obviously false teeth.
  • Showgirls is the film Trope Codifier. For a film that was sold on how sexy it was, it fails on all counts.
    • No one in the movie can act. Bad acting is much funnier when everyone is naked. Elizabeth Berkley, in particular, plays a psychotic stripper with a hair-trigger temper and is aggressively non-acting the entire film. Her nude scenes — of which there are many — become ridiculous or uncomfortable because of how unbalanced (and badly acted) her character is.
    • Everyone is naked. The ever-present nudity becomes almost surreal. Naked bad acting moves into the realm of the absurd. The dance numbers, in particular, provide some weird, weird moments like naked cavemen dancing, or BDSM biker rallies.
    • Things that should be erotic are hilarious because everyone in the movie is acting in the most Narmful way possible. Elizabeth Berkley having sex with Kyle MacLachlan gives us moments like her attempting to perform super-awkward oral sex in a pool and then having an orgasm that looks more like an epileptic seizure.
  • Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is not a good movie. The completely un-sexy "sexy" club dance between Chun-Li and Cantana didn't help, given the utter lack of any sort of heat between the two women, and the corresponding Fridge Logic that went with it (Just how the hell does Bison's right-hand woman not know who Chun-Li is?).
  • Sucker Punch has a parade of pretty young ladies in sexy outfits. But since it's a brothel and Blue is abusing the girls - the whole thing will make one feel rather uncomfortable. It's likely this is intentional: as the extended cut features a musical number showcasing the T&A of the brothel - and then it immediately cuts to the girls struggling to sleep and Babydoll crying in the bathroom.
  • At the end of the first Transformers movie, we briefly see Sam and Mikaela making out on top of Sam's car. The problem is that Sam's car is the Autobot Bumblebee, who as we know is sentient.
  • Viper from The Wolverine attempts to be a Ms. Fanservice, but fails. This was due to a bad wardrobe choice, among other things.
  • Zerophilia is about a person dealing with a very rare condition that allows you to change sexes during arousal or orgasm. Sounds cool, until you bring in the Fridge Logic involved with the mechanics of the condition. It's explicitly shown that orgasm is the key to full change. So how does it work when a woman with the condition has an orgasm while having a man inside her?

    Literature 

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By Work:

  • Anita Blake brings us IKEA Erotica, sex with half-turned were-creatures, sex with underaged boys, sex with mentally and emotionally damaged strippers, group sex with no sanitation at all, and some of the most terrifyingly foodlike descriptions of oral sex ever. All in all, some might like it, but yuck.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey:
    • Whenever Anastasia Steele mentions her "Inner Goddess", the bizarre euphemisms she uses to describe her vagina, Christian Grey's penis, or condoms.
    • To BDSM fans it's very clear that the author isn't familiar with the subculture and doesn't seem to understand safe sane and consensual, which make some scenes go from "sexy" to "actually kind of horrifying".
    • The way Grey treats Ana, in general, is also a turn-off for all people who need trust and love to find something sexy.
    • The way Christian speaks of Ana's virginity like an obstacle to be removed.
    • The infamous tampon scene. Christian is about to have sex with Ana, who is currently having her period. He then proceeds to kneel down and slowly pulls the tampon out of her privates, before throwing it into the toilet. Supposedly, this scene was intended to be rather sexy, given Ana's word-choice during this event, but most readers were quite squicked by it. This scene was apparently so loathed by people that the film-makers refused to shoot this scene.
    • Ana's comparison of multiple orgasms to "a washing machine reaching the end of its spin cycle" was widely mocked by the UK media, cementing its reputation as being porn for repressed, middle-aged housewives.
  • In the first Kitty Norville book, the image of a bunch of naked werewolves huddling together for warmth and closeness in a cave could be interpreted as Rule of Sexy, or possibly a kind of Ugly Cute. But see the book's entry in Fridge Horror and then take another look. Earlier, the sex scene between Kitty and Carl is kinda hot, if you can dig the dom/sub aspect, but Carl ends it by saying "I'll take care of you, and you don't ever have to grow up."
  • Knight Moves in its entirety. We have, among other things:
    • The male lead meeting the female lead in the restroom, while he's taking a piss.
    • A sex scene involving spinning; fun if you like penis injuries and being kicked in the head, not so much otherwise.
    • The Written Sound Effect "queeb" in reference to withdrawal, making this perhaps the only book to describe sex in terms of 8-bit video game sound effects.
    • Unusual Euphemisms such as "lady softness", "volcanic crotch", "ladyfingers" (!!), and "codpiece" (to describe the penis itself, not what it's kept in).
    • IKEA Erotica
  • The Satyricon is a very funny work of homosexual erotic literature about a band of hot young slutty criminals who get into bizarre situations and have lots of sex with everyone. However, when the sex isn't intentional Fan Disservice, rape (which is treated as a serious crime but is distressingly common), or drug-induced, it's full of Values Dissonance to anyone who wasn't a 1st Century AD Roman, with the chaotic Lover and Beloved relationship between Encolpus and Giton being one of the tamer immoral and illegal things in the book. While the book was important to many classically-educated gay men living in times and places when homosexuality was illegal and being caught owning gay pornography could ruin your life, its content also got it Bowdlerised at best in most later historical eras.
  • Dr. Seuss's one foray into "adult" literature was the illustrated novel The Seven Lady Godivas. It was intended to be racy, as all the main characters are nude women. The problem, as Seuss himself admitted later, was that all the characters were nude women as drawn by Dr. Seuss. As you'd expect, nobody at all found it sexy and the book was a complete flop.
    "I attempted to draw the sexiest babes I could, but they came out looking absurd."
  • Twilight. If the Purple Prose and ridiculous, Harlequin romance-style descriptions of Edward don't make you laugh, the revelation that he sparkles in the sunlight certainly will. And then when it comes to the actual sex, if you aren't turned off by the incredibly violent injuries Bella sustains, it turns out that Edward is a pillow biter. Not to mention the fact that he's always described as being ice cold to the touch, even in the love scenes. Sounds about as pleasant as using a popsicle. Or getting a pelvic exam with a cold speculum.
  • Vurt by Jeff Noon manages to avoid IKEA Erotica, but falls into a trap with the same effect, in its longest sex scene. An extended, rather literal metaphor is made, with the girl's vagina as a garden that ultimately gets "filled with sap."
  • The White Abacus by Damien Broderick falls into this category from apparent Author Appeal. It would seem Broderick thinks a woman with a rose growing out of her shoulder is fetish-appeal rather than Body Horror.

    Live-Action TV 
  • On Boston Legal, scenes of Alan circling Denise have a decidedly creepy vibe to them, especially after her fiancé just died, especially especially the fact that there seems to be no reason for his hitting on her (other than the fact that she's an attractive woman, of course) as he has had no previous indication of an attraction to Denise beforehand, which seems to suggest that he might be on the verge of some compulsively self-destructive psychotic break. Mostly just takes the form of being Fetish Retardant due to the fact that these overtly sexual remarks are not coming from season 1 Alan, but rather season 3 Alan, making this Belligerent Sexual Tension a little off. Unless, of course, you were into that sort of thing.
  • The various Cute Monster Girl outfits the sisters wore in Charmed were okay at first but started getting more and more Stripperiffic from the fifth season onward, as did the sisters' general clothing. Eventually, it stopped being fun fanservice and began to get kind of uncomfortable, as the girls seemed to be physically incapable of not dressing or moving like strippers, no matter how serious and not-sexy the current situation was. The quality of the outfits also steadily degraded, looking more tacky and clownish by the episode. The actresses hated it just as much as the fans, with Kayley Cuoco reportedly bursting into tears when she saw one especially bad outfit she would be wearing.
  • Used in-universe in the Community Christmas Episode "Regional Holiday Music"; at one point, Annie attempts to seduce Jeff into joining the Glee club by wearing a sexy Santa outfit and singing a provocative song. Since Annie is a rather attractive young woman, all would seemingly be good — except that Annie, normally a quite intelligent person, intentionally dumbs herself down until she eventually ends up crawling around squeakily singing babyish gibberish. Jeff is visibly just as discomforted and squicked-out, if not more, as he is turned on by the whole thing. He's probably not the only one.
    Jeff: Look, eventually you hit a point of diminishing returns on the sexiness.
    Annie: What's a diminunbumbluh?
  • In-universe example in How I Met Your Mother with Robin, who's shown to have a few sexual kinks that are turnoffs for her partners. Her invitation for a famous hockey player to give her an obscure sex act called the Old King Clancy had him instantly lose interest in her and one of her boyfriends broke up with her for a bedroom thing that made him uncomfortable. Ted and Barney quickly recognize it and admit it's a valid reason to break up with her, despite Barney being a few symptoms short of a sex addiction.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • In the pilot episode the extremely attractive Vaitiare Bandera has a fun frontal nude scene. Great... up until a Goa'uld symbiont burrows its way into her skull through the back of her neck.
    • In season 6 we're treated to gorgeous Jacqueline Samuda as Nirrti, with the resonant, sexy voice of a female Goa'uld and a couple of very alluring (and uplifting) outfits. Unfortunately, she's also surrounded by a number of grossly misshapen individuals who she made that way.
  • One of the criticisms of Star Trek: Enterprise was that the attempts at fanservice were so obvious they moved away from sexy and into tacky and off-putting. The decontamination chambers where they were stripped to underwear and covered with gel were the most obvious, and the final nail was the especially titillating "A Night in Sickbay:" there was a slight bump in ratings, but after that, they dropped and never recovered.
  • In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, that scene with Cameron in the last episode. Authoritative commands, removal of clothing, flick knife, wait what was that last one? Ooookay.
  • In Tipping the Velvet the heroine ends up the plaything of a dominatrix/sexual adventuress, with a first encounter involving a strap-on dildo. Some readers found the equivalent scene in the book very erotic. In the TV version ridiculous, impossible-to-describe music is playing throughout. It's more like the soundtrack to a sporting event. Any sexiness is shattered.
  • Ianto and Jack's implicit... something (naked hide and seek, anyone?) in series 2 of Torchwood. Gareth David-Lloyd is cute. John Barrowman isn't exactly bad-looking either. But put them together, subtract the clothes and add some implicit wild lust and you get the most hilarious pseudo-sex scene in Torchwood history. It's possible that some hardcore fans of the pairing were titillated but more from the idea than the presentation.
  • True Blood
    • The show has a great many sex scenes, and a great many scenes involving blood. These scenes tend to coincide. Often. Then there's the corkscrew sex in season three.
    • And then there's the neck-snapping sex in season two, and (in season one) Sookie and Bill have sex immediately after he digs himself out of the mud he's been sleeping in all night.

    Music 
  • The video for Alanis Morissette's Thank U provides a similar example: Morissette's hair neatly draped to hide her breasts is one thing but the way her genital area is blurred out actually has a fair bit of horror potential. If the blur effect had just been made a tiny bit more conspicuous, the entire un-sexy effect could've been avoided altogether.
  • Alice Cooper's song Cold Ethyl is a love ballad to necrophilia. Any normal person would feel a certain lack of being turned on.
  • "I'm Horny" by GionnyScandal feat. Maite. Maite's Gratuitous English gives us wonderful lines like "Tonight I'm feeling to make you enjoy with a blowjob" and somehow makes "I'm horny, horny" sound like "I'm Ernie, Ernie". GionnyScandal's Italian lines aren't much sexier:
    I'm not a baker but I got a lot of cream here
  • Madonna's "Where Life Begins" from Erotica is supposed to be an ode to cunnilingus, but its lyrics sound more like an advert for KFC, complete with the tagline "finger-licking good".

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The World Wrestling Federation putting Chyna and Nicole Bass in bikini contests, based on crowd responses (or lack thereof). Chyna getting plastic surgery also, though people eventually got used to it.
  • The pornographic elements tacked onto the ECW knockoff XPW shows tended to annoy people more than anything, as many only attended to see the fights and garbage wrestling.
  • Some who would have otherwise been happy to see the cute, slim "Sick" Nick Mondo were utterly disgusted by his over the top, blood bath garbage matches.
  • Early TNA's attempts to live up to its initialism tended to fall flat, with the X Division and AJ Styles instead becoming what everyone talked about while memories of cage dancers and trashcan sex they try to suppress (too bad TV Tropes will keep them alive). Later TNA's attempts to live up to its initialism also tend to fall flat, such as The Beautiful People's time with all three knockout titles being considered a dork age for that division.
  • WWE's "diva searches", which started as a harmless contest people were content to forget about in 2003, became a massive anti-sexy plot tumor in 2004 that derailed interest in their women's division, which till then was (slowly) moving away from sexual fan service. Wrestling taking sexy women and making straight men want nothing to do with them became a running gag on Wrestlecrap in its wake...and there were still three more diva searches to go!
  • Carmen Electra's Naked Women's Wrestling League featured clothed matches on their first show, then switched to nude matches after intermission. Many audience members preferred the clothes half. Some swore they returned only because they liked a wrestler and followed some of them long after it folded and they were back to competing in clothing. April Hunter, Annie Social and Melissa Coates in particular, Dark Angel even moreso, with fans across Canada chanting "Best In The World".
  • Some felt this way about Ashley Massaro around the time she was released from WWE. She had lost 30 pounds during her time on Survivor China and she had trouble gaining the weight back, leaving her near emaciated and her breast implants looked oversized and disproportionate to the rest of her body. Her trashy outfits didn't help much.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons has the utterly notorious unofficial third-party sourcebook, The Book Of Erotic Fantasy. Cringing turns to laughter as soon as you look at the pictures, half of which are photos of the same few people (presumably cut-rate models), the other half of which look like terrible Photoshop efforts. It didn't help it is lesbian-heavy in a way that borders on creepy, and that the only male/male flavor text involves a child-sized halfling.
    • It wants so badly to be considered serious and mature, yet is chock-full of suspension-breaking items, feats, and spells that blatantly only exist for "sexiness", not because they have any real practical use (though the book certainly tries to pretend otherwise).
  • Due to constant aversion of Conservation of Detail, FATAL has plenty of this. As the famous RPGNet review pointed out, this is a game where players may actually be called upon to solve quadratic math equations to roleplay sex acts. And that is without even touching upon the setting, which displays a level of misogyny that makes Cerebus the Aardvark look like Feminist Fantasy by comparison.
  • Bliss Stage intentionally thrives on this. The rulebook actually suggests naming your support characters after past crushes, to help method act how awkward (and potentially fucked-up) teenagers in those sorts of relationships would be under the circumstances.
  • Warhammer has Slaanesh, the Chaos God of desire. While one may consider a god of desire sexy, the Chaos Gods are the stuff of Nightmare Fuel, which is generally sufficient to negate whatever sex appeal Slaanesh might have. And if that doesn't do it for you, seeing what Slaanesh's particular daemons are up to and what his/her followers really enjoy usually will; you'd get five minutes of something alluring, followed by an eternity of things that can only be described as "incomprehensibly fucked up" forced on you.

    Video Games 
  • In Sudeki, the character Ailish is made of the "Sexual Narm" version of this trope. There's just something really Uncanny Valley about everything she does that's intended to seem sexual. Easily the main example is her Stripperiffic robe/dress/scraps-of-silk-and-some-gold outfit (she's a princess, so one would expect of her to dress more modestly), and how flirtatious and unreserved she is. She does undergo Character Development, starts behaving more properly, and dresses up more, but that takes a good while.
  • Miss World '96 Nude was probably supposed to be arousing, but it didn't work. As Seanbaby put it in his NON-WORK SAFE review: "Growling demon heads grow smaller demon heads out of their faces and unleash an onslaught of terror that will cease any self-gratification you might have been starting on. The maggot-dripping vision of terror does eventually turn back into a topless girl, but by then the point is moot. It doesn't matter if a lump of dead bodies burning in a fiery pit of hell turns into the most beautiful girl you've ever seen— you're still done thinking about sex for a while."
    • The gameplay is based on Qix. It's supposed to be an incentive to play well and finish the level quickly; in the original game, your score started going down if you took too long. Unfortunately, as the reviewer above pointed out, it defeats the purpose of including sexy pictures in your game to begin with.
    • Chances are it's less about being sexy though and more about deceiving the player.
    • The chicks in the game look rather off, too. Some of the models' breasts are Photoshopped to a comical degree, burgeoning on Nausea Fuel once again.
  • Invoked in Tsukihime, where in Shiki's dream he rapes a 'doll' that is either Hisui or Kohaku. There is so little response, that even Shiki is dissatisfied. It's actually not a dream, it's Shiki sharing perceptions with SHIKI, who actually is having sex with Kohaku, and is setting up that she's, well, screwed up.
    • Of course, all the other sex scenes in the game are so horribly written, they could count as well.
    • But of course! The scenes aren't written by Kinoko Nasu. And they're hilarious in their badness.
    • Speaking of the Nasuverse, Red Saber's transparent-skirted, panties-showing outfit in Fate/EXTRA is turning out this way. Most of the fanbase doesn't find it hot; it's too out of place and hilarious. That the dress serves as part of the Establishing Character Moment of its wearer coming out as an egotistical narcissist doesn't exactly add to the sexiness.
    • Many of the female servant designs in Fate/Grand Order have gotten this reaction for taking the Fanservice Up to Eleven, especially since many of the guest character designers aren't nearly as restrained about it as Takashi Takeuchi from the original Fate/stay night. Minamoto no Yorimitsu, in particular, has been called out for how her Gag Boobs go straight over the line from titillating to grotesque.
  • Marian, the Damsel in Distress in most of the Double Dragon games, who is usually a good-looking woman (as seen in the original arcade game and the second NES game), got whacked with the ugly stick in the Sega Genesis port by Accolade. The panty shots were still kept for the Genesis version, but they end up being more disturbing than sexy because of the way she looks. (See here.)
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, the scene you get when you consummate one of the romance options fails on many levels. The music is bad, the visuals are bad, those involved are still wearing their underwear, and it goes on far too long. Mass Effect showed that less is definitely more.
    • A picture of a bored-looking dwarf involved in such a scene is its own mini-meme.
    • Not to mention that glitch that can cause the player-character to still be fully clothed/armored during the scene.
    • Morrigan keeps her eyes open when she makes out with you. "So, that's what it looks like!"
    • In her sex scenes, Morrigan is wearing a bra, while it's evident from her normal costume that she usually doesn't burden herself with such things. This is more narm than Fetish Retardant, but still, did she take the time to put a bra on just for the sex scene?
  • The Sims 2 has the ability to "Woo-Hoo", or have sex. However, it's too cartoonish in noise and appearance to be arousing; it's even worse if you look under the sheets through hacking. The next game in the series cools down the comedy and adds actual moaning, but it's still not much. Making out, on the other hand...
  • In Final Fantasy IV, the player can have Cecil pay ten thousand gil (in a game where new weapons are both vital and highly expensive, and at a point in the game where this is not easy money) to receive a lapdance from a small army of pixellated go-go dancers gyrating to a samba version of the Chocobo music. Between the soundtrack, graphics, and ripoff price, it's pretty impossible to find anything exciting about it - after which you're even criticised by the doorman for being in the club when you have more wholesome things to pursue as if you were enjoying it. Final Fantasy V and VII got around this problem by having lapdances and jaunts in brothels that were absurd and silly rather than sexy.
  • Curiously, the general reaction among fans to the hot springs scene in Final Fantasy X-2 tends to be of annoyance rather than titillation. Go figure.
    • The scene a bit later, when Yuna gives LeBlanc a back massage. LeBlanc's moans and sighs of pleasure feel very out of place and are quite unpleasant to listen to. The fact that this scene, unlike the hot springs mentioned above, is mandatory to proceed in the story and can easily end up needing to be done twice due to the way the massage mini-game is done, makes this scene feel anything but sexy.
  • During the Atari 2600 era, a company called Mystique thought it would be a good idea to make erotic video games for the system. That's right: porn on a system that can't even make dragons not look like blocky, green ducks, let alone represent a sex scene. It doesn't help that the games feature scenarios that range from absurd to decidedly unsexy:
    • Bachelor Party is a bizarre Breakout clone in which the ball is replaced with a nude man, and the "bricks" are replaced with inexplicably nude women.
    • In Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em, you control two nude women who move back and forth across the bottom of a building to catch semen from a masturbating man on the rooftop.
    • Philly Flasher is like Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em, except that you control two men with their genitals exposed trying to catch breast milk from a witch — an old one, not a Hot Witch. Once the breast milk is caught, the men will masturbate for some reason.
    • In Custer's Revenge, your goal is to make Custer, depicted as a man wearing nothing but a cavalry hat, boots, and a bandanna while sporting a visible erection, dodge falling arrows and randomly appearing cacti in order to reach the other side of the screen and rape a naked, well-endowed Native American woman, who is bound to a post (though the game's designer insists it's consensual). If that weren’t bad enough, it’s an Atari 2600 game and the graphics look about as good as you’d expect. The Angry Video Game Nerd said it the best when he had to review these, the poor bastard:
      Nerd: It stirred up a lot of outrage when it came out in 1982, Native Americans were offended, women activists were offended, parents were offended if their kids got a hold of this, and I am offended, because this game's a fuckin' piece of shit!
  • At one point in Heavy Rain, there's an optional sex scene between Ethan and Madison because awkward, pointless sex is Quantic Dream's favorite thing. There's a technicolor rainbow of reasons it's more repulsive than erotic, but for starters: he's been brutally injured, he's worried sick for his son who he knows has a limited amount of time left to live, he's suffering from a burgeoning case of Sanity Slippage and readily admits he could be a serial killer, she's either only sleeping with him to get the story on him if he is the serial killer he thinks he is, or she's fallen in love with him after being around him for a grand total of four hours or so, and on top of all that, it's an awkwardly-framed quick-time event that casts the player as Ethan, so you get to undress Madison in the most uncomfortable way possible.
  • Likewise, Fahrenheit, also known as Indigo Prophecy, features an 'interesting' sex scene. The pair are in a freezing boxcar yet strip to the skin, for one, and also one member is a recently revived cyborgized corpse who is explicitly stated to feel stone cold. It also comes completely out of nowhere, between a man and woman who have been pursuing/evading each other for the course of the game (and not in a Mind Game Ship sort of way,) and had no time at all to get to know each other.
    • Even the ordinary sex scene before is weird and off-putting, since the devs had the bright idea to have the player participate by emulating every thrust with a controller.
  • The Secret World
    • The game has a mandatory cutscene where Dragon player characters receive oral sex between being doused in fatalist philosophy. Not only does the bizarre topic distract and the sex cause a flashback to a Filth attack on Tokyo, the Dragon philosophy isn't exactly asking for consent at this point and the woman performing the deed may well be a Kumiho. Plus the game doesn't bother asking your sexual preferences: it will be a woman. Even if that's what you like, we also get a full-body shot of a half-demon bodyguard wearing nothing but tattoos and underwear beforehand to distract.
    • Cassie (the Morninglight groupie) is a bit less severe, but the same lack of care for your orientation and obvious ulterior motives make her approach more than a little disconcerting.
  • In-Universe: In The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures, the "Beat It and Eat It" level is a long tribute to Atari porn games, which the Nerd does not find arousing at all.
  • In-Universe: In Saints Row: The Third, Steelport's citizens are less than pleased to see the Boss streaking.
  • A major criticism of Diabolik Lovers is that it's too disturbing or scary to be sexy. Some even feel that the game would've worked better as a straight-up horror story and not an otome game. Even some people who are into dubcon/noncon kinks have rejected it.
  • Most people would assume that the murder victims that Hopkins, FBI "investigates" were intended as Fan Disservice; however, the way they're presented and how Hopkins barely reacts to the violent fates these poor women suffer (such as the helicopter pilot, whose body was desecrated afterwards) seems to indicate that disservice was not what the game was aiming for. The results are as repulsive as you'd think.
  • The stripper minigame in the second level of the original Dead to Rights game was generally received by fans as being more of an annoyance than sexy. It follows a boring rhythm game mechanic, the stripper's performance is very boring and repetitive, and the stripper herself is both poorly rendered and designed. The fact that the main character found his father murdered less than an hour before this scene in-universe (and just a couple minutes earlier in real time) also kind of kills any real sexuality of the scene.
  • Metal Gear:
    • Metal Gear Solid 4 mostly plays the BB Corps as intentional Fan Disservice, but enough straightforward fanservice remains in their portrayal to make it feel weird for unintentional reasons. This is a particular problem with the humourous photoshoot Easter Egg, which causes the Beauties to start striking model poses or dancing to pop music - something that wouldn't be so jarring if it had been part of a bonus game mode, but that instead can be accidentally accessed in the middle of legitimately disturbing horror scenes.
    • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain: Some felt that Quiet’s Stripperiffic design was trying way too hard to be sexy and crosses into Narm territory. Not helped by many people finding the attempted justification for her lack of clothing (parasites that drink and breathe through her skin are what keep her alive because her internal organs have been completely burned) to be silly. Then it turns out to be deliberate when Quiet drops her illusion and reveals that beneath that “sexy” design she has horrific third-degree burns on every part of her body, complete with uncomfortable camera focus on her assets that feels like Kojima is shoving your face into her cleavage and asking if you feel guilty about lusting after her yet.
  • Ride to Hell: Retribution has quite a few "sex scenes" dotted around in the gameplay. Note the quote marks. There are a variety of reasons for it, but the most glaringly obvious is the fact that both participants are always fully clothed. Other reasons include the blank expressions on the character's faces, the circumstances in which the sex occurs, and the lifeless-looking animations.
  • In Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, there is a scene where after the pool is filled, the two ladies camping nearby strip down to revealing bikinis and start splashing around. Any aspect of fanservice gets cancelled out when you realize that the girls are wading around in monster drool.
  • The game Haydee was mocked heavily by reviewers and Twitter pundits who found the main character's design (a white, humanoid robot with a geometric head and giant, extremely human, bouncing breasts and ass) really goofy-looking rather than sexy, especially considering the non-sexual tone of everything else you do in the game.
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, in its attempt to bring more fanservice to the table than its predecessors, crossed into cheesecake overload instead. Nothing wrong with some titillation, but when EVERY single female character in the game is dressed like a model wearing a sexy Halloween costume in even the darkest situations, it starts to become funny rather than arousing, especially when you consider that they're supposed to be professional soldiers.
  • The beatmania IIDX song "INJECTION OF LOVE" tries to be steamy, but it's hard to take seriously when the singer somehow makes the Gratuitous English line "stroke me" sound like "truck me".
  • Super Robot Wars is no stranger to Fanservice when some of their female Original Generation character designs are provocative, especially when combined with Gainaxing during a Super Move Portrait Attack. However, because of an emphasis on Absolute Cleavage and Shaking the Rump, coupled with the girls having exaggerated body proportions, in Super Robot Wars X-Ω, this comes off as distasteful and egregious. Adding to this, at least one female character in X-Ω is designed with an explicit BDSM motif in mind.

    Webcomics 
  • Furry Fandom:
    • It offers many opportunities for interesting couples, but it does not always work as intended. A rather infamous example comes from a kangaroo in the Rare Breed (porn) comic: "Ah yes! Squeeze my pouch-teats!"
    • The "furspeak" that some writers/cartoonists insist on using can also turn a story meant to be sexy (or for that matter, deep and meaningful) into hilarity in very short order. From anatomical terms like "tailhole" to overuse of gender-neutral pronouns (that aren't commonly used by non-binary people, at least) to the terms "Yiff" and "murr".
    • Some of the comic writers don't quite get grammar quite yet. Kind of hard to concentrate on sex scenes when the characters are talking like they're brainless every other line. Or worse (or better sometimes), when the writer doesn't completely get English yet. Some of the best Engrish you can find comes from drawn pornography.
  • xkcd: "If there's any possibility of sex, do NOT leave your music library on "Shuffle All." The comic shows intercourse (in a mostly SFW way thanks to being a Stick-Figure Comic) being interrupted by the Power Rangers theme song.
  • Penny Arcade: In The Love Nest of Har'akki
    Tycho: Where are the bipedal crustaceans in this calculation? The swirling, aroused gasses? The lonely, sentient space station whose hermetic bulkheads hold secret clusters of erotic delights, provided your character has both the skills and equipment? Carpe astrum, you Goddamned backwater clowns. There must be a universe of thrilling, dangerous, sometimes razor sharp genitalia that slavers beyond the Horsehead Nebula.
    "Let me paint you a picture...imagine a Chik'har hive maiden scuttling out of her mottled carapace. Her inviting translucent heaving with ripe larvae! She retracts her guard plates, where forty alien breasts bristle with nipples! Yes...a thousand times yes!"
  • Shredded Moose: everyone's favorite Gorn-filled misogynist webcomic whose artist can't draw breasts is full of this.
  • El Goonish Shive uses it in-universe, with the main characters experiencing it:
    • Normally, Tedd would love to watch two hot lesbian girls cuddling together. When one of them is his cousin, however...
    • Dan of all people finds the vampire-swooning stuff "a little odd". Susan reminds: the worst vamp-Fetish Retardant is the simple Fridge Logic. Click the link to extinguish those sparkles FOREVER.
    • Elliot was beaten by a bag full of these until he's in guilt-trippy mood and "fails at perversion" completely:
      Imaginary Random Bikini Model: I'm someone's daughter, you bastard.
  • That "Hotter and Sexier" issue of Sonichu. Yikes.
  • Kit 'N Kay Boodle: A Furry Comic in which everybody Yiffs around all the time. It might just be tolerable, if not for the fact that the characters are drawn in a cutesy Care Bears-esque cartoon style, clashing bizarrely with the rampant fucking.
  • US Angel Corps... well, uh... let's just say that "frequent, realistic, and graphically-depicted gore" and "an author who consistently and without question panders to the creepy misogynistic views of his target audience" do not a good combination make.
  • Nerf NOW!! (intentionally) shows us that two sexy things don't equal double the sex appeal. Samus in the Zero Suit: Hot. Samus in see-through nightwear: Hot. Wearing both together: ludicrous.
  • This is the reason why Palcomix, a website known for pornographic webcomics that are either original or based on existing media such as cartoons and video games, has a divisive reputation in certain internet circles. While the artwork itself is generally agreed to be pretty good, certain readers of their comics tend to get turned off due to the grammar errors, nonsensical plotlines, the way the characters are drawn, dialog that doesn't really fit the characters, or the porn just being flat-out unappealing.
  • Some of Jay Naylor's works can occasionally fall under this category, whether it'd be the weird plotlines of his comics or the way the genitalia on his male characters tends to be drawn.
  • Better Late Than Never, a well-known pornographic fan comic based on Kung Fu Panda, has gotten this reaction from quite a number of readers. Though decently drawn, with the porn itself generally agreed to be well-executed, the comic is infamous for its frustratingly long and over-the-top Kudzu Plot that occasionally diverges from its source material, which a lot of readers feel ruin the atmosphere. Scenes of gory violence, Attempted Rape, and gratuitous sex have only added to the criticism.
  • The artwork of Shaddai "Shadman" Prejean is... polarizing, to put it very mildly. A lot of it stems from the fact that Shadman seems to have no limits on what he will draw in his works, including bondage, futanari, cross-dressing, pedophilia, scatophilia, rape... you get the picture. It also stems from how a majority of the characters he draws are underage, as well as his general art style which has a tendency to dip into the Uncanny Valley at times.
  • I Will Survive is a Zootopia fan-comic where Nick and Judy discuss what to do after Judy ends up unexpectedly pregnant. It's meant to be serious however Judy spends the entire comic in her pajamas (which consists of an undershirt and boxers) while Nick is dressed as normal. The comic also features a lot of Male Gaze despite the fact they're arguing on whether to abort the fetus. The fanservice doesn't mesh with the mess at all.

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  • Intentionally evoked in the Dead Kennedys song "Too Drunk to Fuck" with the following lines:
    You give me head, it makes it worse
    Take out your fuckin' retainer, put it in your purse!
  • Helmut Newton's "erotic" photographs.
  • The infamous ahegao expression has reactions of this.

 
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Gilbert Gottfried Erotica

As the title would imply, "Gilbert Gottfried Reads 50 Shades of Grey" is a Parody Commercial for an audiobook copy of Fifty Shades of Grey (which is practically porn) being read to you by Gilbert Gottfried (who is known to squawk everything he says). The Squick factor is naturally Played for Laughs.

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