Some dig Asians. Some prefer their lovers Latin. And some feel that Everyone Looks Sexier If French. And then there are those who find that when God chooses a people, he pulls out all the hotness stops.
A sort of sub-trope to Everyone Looks Sexier If French, dedicated to the Chosen People. Maybe it's the Woobie factor (they are pretty much the world's Butt Monkeys); maybe it's their sense of humor (everybody knows Jews are funny). Maybe it's the strength of the Badass Israeli, or just the sweetness of the Nice Jewish Boy. Or even the allure of sophisticated Jewish culture. The Gentile may end up Converting for Love.
While primarily an American trope this can be seen in other countries with large Jewish populations, such as France. On the other hand it's an unknown trope in countries with negligible Jewish populations. Though this trope appears relatively new (as in, post-World War II), it can be traced back to the 19th Century where this archetype was known as la belle juive (the beautiful Jewess) in Romantic European literature and as the name implies it was Always Female and tended to be portrayed either as a tragic heroine or The Vamp. Male examples of this trope were virtually unknown (and tended to be played negatively) until modern times.
Obviously, compare and contrast Race Fetish, Latin Lover, Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow, Where Da White Women At? and, well, any other ethnic or national tropes. Contrast Shiksa Goddess, and compare and contrast Jewish and Nerdy.
- Captain America used to be engaged to a nice girl named Bernie Rosenthal.
- Colossus and Kitty Pryde have had an on-and-off relationship over the years.
- On the male side of things, Magneto is usually depicted as a Silver Fox Jewish gentleman and has never had any problem attracting women, even ones young enough to be his grandchildren (it helps that he's undergone several deaging incidents over the years).
- Depending on the retcon status of her parentage, Wanda Maximoff is Ashkenazi Jewish via her father, Magneto, is a gorgeous brunette, and has historically drawn men like no tomorrow - as in, more or less every male Avenger, even a few of the X-Men (though House of M soured them a little bit). Hell, even Jean Grey remarked in the 60s after an encounter with the original Brotherhood that "that witch is much too attractive."
- Also on the male side of things, Magneto's son (again, retcon dependent), Quicksilver is depicted as a younger version of his Silver Fox father (hair and all), and has been very successful with women.
- In the half book/half comic Limekiller at Large, the second item on Marty's bucket list is "Make love to a Jewish Woman(Long Story)"
- The Adventures Of Olivia has one-off character Sylvia is a big-breasted, blonde, glasses-wearing nurse that by hand and mouth alone gets a group of men to provide full semen samples.
- A rather dark variant in Requiem Vampire Knight with Rebecca being the Jewish love interest of Nazi Protagonist Heinrich / Requiem. She is beautiful enough for a Lesbian Vampire to hit on her and being worthy of becoming a bride of Dracula.
- Child of the Storm:
- Magneto's Silver Fox attractiveness (partly due to a de-ageing incident) is noted in passing by Carol, regarding the fact that one of her teenage peers, Lorna Dane, might be his daughter. Since she's mentioning this to Wanda Maximoff, who's about 45, and already has a teenage half-brother in Pietro a.k.a. Quicksilver, her response is basically Oh, No... Not Again!.
- Wanda herself is half-Jewish through her father, and despite being 45 (though thanks to magic, she looks closer to 30), she immediately draws the eye of Harry Dresden - who she ends up dating.
- Inglourious Basterds: Shosanna Dreyfus; French and Jewish. She attracts the attentions of a Nazi and has a black boyfriend who is presumably not Jewish. Actress Mélanie Laurent is herself an authentic French Jew.
- In the David Mamet film State and Main, Sarah Jessica Parker's character mentions that she loves Jewish men while seducing Philip Seymour Hoffman's character. Tying into the trope title, she comes to believe he's Jewish after finding Matzo in his hotel room, which was just a gift from the director. In fact, he is not Jewish.
- In Miller's Crossing, two Irish-American gangsters get into a love triangle with a Jewish woman.
- The Brothers McMullen: Patrick has a rather Anvilicious relationship with a Jewish girl.
- GoodFellas: Mafia gangsters Tommy and Henry go on a Double Date with two Jewish girls because Tommy wants to have sex with one of them, and she won't go out with an Italian unless she can bring her friend along. We never see Tommy's date again, but sparks fly between Henry and his own date, and they eventually marry. Based on a true story!
- In the little-known Israeli-American film Every Time We Say Goodbye, David Bradley (played by Tom Hanks) falls for a Sephardic Jewish woman named Sarah. The same happens to David's friend Peter who falls for Sarah's friend Victoria.
- The Fearless Vampire Killers: Alfred falls instantly in love with the beautiful Jewess Sarah. Ironically, Alfred is played by the very Jewish Roman Polanski, while Sarah is played by Texas bombshell Sharon Tate. The couple hooked up in real life.
- The Illusionist: This is a strong part of the subtext. The protagonist Eisenheim, a.k.a. Eduard Abramovich, is only Ambiguously Jewish (but not very ambiguously), but it's hard to escape the conclusion that the Crown Prince isn't the only reason he and Duchess Sophie von Teschen have to move to America to be together.
- Leah in A Stranger Among Us. If she weren't Hasidic, she would have trouble keeping track of all her boyfriends. As it is, whoever the matchmaker picks for her is in luck.
- In Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Mrs. Smith (played by Angelina Jolie and therefore awesomely hot) tells her husband, once she's finally started being honest with him, "I'm Jewish."
- Exodus : Ari Ben Canaan can win the heart of a girl simply with passionate arguments for Zionism. And it doesn't hurt that he's played by Paul Newman.
- In Bordello of Blood, Katherine Verdoux gets a serious case of this for Rafe Guttman. What's amazing is that, for such an exploitative, T&A, B-movie schlockfest of a film, there's actually a really interesting subplot going on about the tensions and conflicts of an interconfessional romance.
- Where the Truth Lies: Vince has a serious case of this for Lanny. It's not clear whether the reason Lanny rejects him is because he just has no homosexual inclinations whatsoever, or just because he's worried about what would happen to their careers if this became public knowledge.
- In Meeting Daddy, a proper Southern belle mistakes her best friend's future husband for a Jew (because he's from New York and was raised in Los Angeles) and tells him, "I want to suck your big, circumcised Jewish dick." (He's actually Episcopalian.)
- Ricardo Cortez, Dark Prince of the Pre-Codes, was born in New York City as Jacob Krantz. (The film studios gave him a Latin Lover stage name in an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of Rudolph Valentino.)
- The Hebrew Hammer plays around with this. At one point, Damien's female assistants try to seduce him, gushing about how well-read Jewish men are.
- Uncut Gems: Arlo is an Armenian man (played by Eric Bogosian) who married into Howard's Jewish family. Arlo's Jewish in-laws make loaded comments about him being a gentile behind his back.
- Older Than Feudalism: In the Book of Genesis, Potiphar's wife becomes infatuated with the handsome Hebrew slave Joseph. She then proceeds to subvert the trope when, infuriated at his rejection, she plays the Wounded Gazelle and claims he tried to rape her, using his Hebrew origin to turn the other Egyptians against him.
- In Trainspotting, Spud says his plans for his cut of the money are to settle down with a beautiful Jewish princess.
- The novel Eighty-Sixed includes the slang for gays with ethnic fetishes: "beanie queens" are those who like Orthodox Jews. note
- In Richard III in the 21st Century, the titular time-displaced monarch falls for a beautiful single mom, Sarah Levine. He's shocked to discover she's Jewish and afraid of what this could do to their relationship and/or future children, being a medieval Catholic and all, but he comes around to happily going with the flow.
- Miriam from The Roman Mysteries can stop men in their tracks and cause accidents by her mere presence.
- Lawrence Block's spy story The Cancelled Czech, with a girl who has been raised as a devout neo-Nazi ... and has intense sexual fantasies about Jewish men.
- Discussed in Portnoy's Complaint. As a teen, Alex Portnoy believed that he must pretend to be Christian to attract Christian girls; but he later realized that this is not necessary, because there are plenty of Christian women who are attracted to Jewish men just like him.
Who knew that the secret to a shikse's heart (and box) was not to pretend to be some hook-nosed variety of goy, as boring and vacuous as her own brother, but to be what one's uncle was, to be what one's father was, to be whatever one was oneself...
- In The Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce writes that the Shebrew (the female Jew) is an altogether superior creature to the Hebrew.
- Rebecca in Ivanhoe is a lovely Jewish maiden who falls in love with the main protagonist after taking care of him when he is wounded, but they can't be together because he is a Christian (even though he does express some affection for her) and she refuses to convert for love and abandon her Jewish faith - she would see it as worse than death. Nevertheless, she is still portrayed as a downright saintly figure and making the book rather Fair for Its Day. Unfortunately for her, Rebecca also attracts Bois-Guilbert, a Templar knight who falls madly in love and kidnaps her.
- This article marshals the evidence that Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, in addition to having a general, nonsexual sympathy to Jewish interests, also frequently used Jewish women as examples of his erotic ideal.
- Shows up in The Supervillainy Saga. Cindy Wakowski a.k.a Red Riding Hood and Gary Karkofsky a.k.a Merciless: The Supervillain without Mercy are considered two of the most attractive supervillains in-universe. They are also both Jewish and make frequent references to their faith, rabbis, and hatred of Nazis.
- Mad Men seems to love this concept, made especially relevant by showing that Jews are outsiders in the ad men's WASPy social circles. Don Draper's first and second-season mistresses are Jewish, as is his fourth season girlfriend. Roger's young wife is also Jewish. When Draper's firm lobbies for a job with the Israeli tourism bureau, and the executives take particular note of how beautiful Israeli women are.
- NCIS: Ziva David, the Israeli agent. Ignore the fact that she's portrayed by a Catholic Chilean.
- Eliot Spencer in Leverage seems to get a mild case of it toward Mikel Dayan, his counterpart in the rival crew in "The Two Live Crew Job."
- Fran Fine in The Nanny is very, very Jewish, and attracts the attention of dozens of men over the years, including many celebrities and (of course) her boss the Broadway producer Mr. Sheffield.
- Glee: Puck and Rachel date for no reason other than that they are both Jewish in a very obvious parody of the Token Minority Couple. Rachel also has a Stalker with a Crush in the form of Jacob Ben Israel (yeah, guess what religion he is).
- The X-Files: Fox Mulder of is of Jewish descent (according to his actor, himself part-Jewish).
- In an episode of Law & Order: SVU, a serial rapist mentioned he's really, really into Jewish women, to the point of secretly corresponding with some while in his prison's equivalent of the Aryan Brotherhood.
- Northern Exposure milked the Belligerent Sexual Tension between Maggie O'Connell and the show's Jewish protagonist Joel Fleischmann for several seasons before finally giving them their Slap-Slap-Kiss.
- In Band of Brothers, Liebgott is noted for being the only Jew in Easy Company (which at first leads to conflict with Guarnere when he takes offense at his scornfully referring to Sobel as "a son of Abraham." They're all friends later, though). He later tells Webster all about his plans for after the war to marry "a nice Jewish girl, with great, big, soft titties and a smile to die for," complete with hilarious gestures.
- Played for Laughs of course in Childrens Hospital. Doctor Glenn Richie and his rival Rabbi Jewy McJewJew are beyond plain-looking, but catch quite a bit of lust from ladies at the Hosptial. Their Jewishness acts as a massive turn-on, thus Hilarity Ensues.
- Lisa Cuddy from House. The show's two major Jewish male characters - Wilson and Taub - are respectively a Handsome Lech and a Kavorka Man.
- Coupling: "The Girl With Two Breasts" is a sexy Israeli.
- One episode of The Big Bang Theory had Christy (a super-slutty friend of Penny's) becoming delighted at the discovery that her new beau is named "Howard Walowitz." "My first Jew!" she squeals. (Funny, we weren't aware she was collecting them.)
- Obviously part of the backstory — and the ongoing situation — of the 1970s Sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie.
- The first three seasons of Rhoda have Rhoda dating (then marrying, then separating from, then divorcing) the non-Jewish Joe Gerard.
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Larry is married to a young WASP.
- Larry has a fling with an anti-semitic Muslim woman who enjoys the degredation she feels when having sex with Jews.
- Lisa from Saved by the Bell was originally written as a Jewish American Princess so Screech's affection for her would have been this. She was rewritten when Lark Voorhees was cast.
- Elliott in Scrubs has an Imagine Spot where she builds herself the perfect husband and he turns out to be Jewish. She then mentions that her parents wouldn't approve.
- 7th Heaven, where Matt Camden meets, falls in love with, and secretly marries (all on the first date, no less! Although they hold an "official" marriage later for the sake of the parents) the lovely Sarah Glass. Matt Camden is the eldest child of Reverend Camden, while Sarah Glass is the only child of the extremely doting Rabbi Glass. Oops.
- In a Suburgatory episode where resident Alpha Blonde Dalia dyes her hair and starts hanging out with a nerdy wannabe-magician named Evan (who she earlier mocked and ignored), it's believed she's just covering up her father re-marrying and her not being included. Then Evan dumps her, a further social disgrace, and she returns to her old hair color and social circle. The end of the episode shows her sneaking off to the garage to study the Torah.
- It takes a while for him to realize it and then admit it, but Oliver has it bad for Felicity in Arrow. Barry Allen and Ray Palmer have also been smitten with Ms. Smoak, although in the comics Ray is Jewish.
- In one episode of Robin of Sherwood, Guy of Gisburne is in love with the Jewish Sarah de Talmont, to the point of trying to save her and her family from a pogrom that his boss the Sheriff incited. Not presented positively, as his treatment of her is suffused with Stalker with a Crush and Entitled to Have You in a way that makes the subplot look like an intentional Deconstructive Parody of Lorenzo/Jessica in The Merchant of Venice.
- St. Elsewhere: Helen Rosenthal has a case of this, admitting that she is "fatally attracted to Jewish men."
- Frank Zappa's song "Jewish Princess" from Sheik Yerbouti is a bit over the top, but a lot of things he lists in that song, crude though they may be, are definitely sexy.
- Ninja Sex Party's Danny Sexbang (real name Leigh Daniel Avidan) invokes this trope in some of their songs.
- Such as "The Decision":
The choice should be so obvious
And although he is mysterious
Don't you want a man
Who's tall, whose name is Dan
And he's Jewish
- Danny's typical attire in a Ninja Sex Party video is a Blue Blazer-inspired leotard with a red Star of David.
- Such as "The Decision":
- John Zorn is of Jewish descent and has mixed klezmer in his music. Some of his albums are very much inspired by Hebrew texts and Judaism. For instance, his album "Kristallnacht", the album "Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass" and his recordings with the bands Masada and Bar Kokhba to name a few.
- Rachel Stevens of the band S Club 7 is Jewish. While the rest of them had to audition, she was requested through her modelling agency to come in and record a demo tape. She found out she had been accepted within two weeks while the rest weren't chosen until after six months. In the TV show that came with the music, Rachel was presented as the glamorous beauty of the group. After splitting up with her boyfriend for the second season, she became a Serial Romeo.
- Kelly Kelly played with this trope. She's half Jewish and Matt Stryker once referred to her as "the hottest Hebrew". She was Jerry Lawler's favourite Diva and was promoted as the Ms. Fanservice of the women. But then again her being Jewish was hardly common knowledge and they rarely acknowledged it aside from the occasional line on commentary.
- In Me and My Dick, the hottest girl in school is described as a "cute little Jewish girl".
- Jewtopia!: One of the main characters of the play wants a Jewish girl so he doesn't have to make another decision in his life. He marries someone posing as a Jew, but she converts at the very end of the play.
- The Merchant of Venice: Jessica might be the oldest example of this in popular western literature. Jessica is the beautiful daughter of Shylock, and she runs away with Lorenzo, the gentile nobleman in love with her.
- The Jew of Malta: Barabbas' daughter Abigail in Christopher Marlowe's Elizabethan era play is also a probable Ur-Example.
- Abies Irish Rose, a play from 1922 about a Jewish man who marries an Irish Catholic girl, and provided inspiration for Bridget Loves Bernie and the comedy of Stiller and Meara.
- Salome by Oscar Wilde about the daughter of Herod Antipas from the New Testament who was never named in the Gospels, but is known as Salome who seductively danced for the king so he could behead John the Baptist. Because of this play, she is regarded as a sex symbol associated with belly dancing even though this practice is usually associated with Arabic culture.
- The Onion parodies this in the article "Area Man Saddened to Realize Short Jewish Women with an Interest in Theater His Type."
- In an episode on race, The Game Overthinker takes a moment to give examples of how he has nothing against various ethnic groups. In most cases he has no particular opinion but he likes the Japanese for their technology and Jews for their... hotness.
- There are certain Imageboards dedicated to fetishizing Jewish women. Not particularly remarkable by itself, but it's pretty funny whenever they clash with the Politically Incorrect boards who treat the Greedy Jew stereotype as gospel truth. Some members will unabashedly proclaim themselves fans of both.
- In The Simpsons episode with Dustin Hoffman as Mr. Bergstrom, one of the things Lisa lists that make her trust him is his "Semitic good looks."
- American Dad!:
- The episode "Bar Mitzvah Shuffle": Etan Cohen, a sophisticated Jewish boy, seduces Steve's girlfriend, Debbie. Being Jewish is part of the charm, and Etan plays it for all it's worth.
- In "Stan's Food Restaurant", Steve wants to get with a crazy girl who believes her doll is alive. She mentions the doll "likes Hebrews" when Steve arranges a "date" between it and Snot.
- Family Guy:
- When Peter finds out Lois was Jewish he is really into it, at least until his Catholic guilt kicks in.
- Family Guy also has a series of songs parodying the overt racism and homophobia of the Rat Pack, including Frank Sinatra singing a song called Jewish Nose.
Sinatra: She's got a big beautiful Jewish nose, and it's there two minutes early wherever she goes.
- Rachel, Tommy's first serious girlfriend in All Grown Up!. Tommy himself, while only half-Jewish, attracts more females than the rest of the cast. This includes Kimi.
- An episode of The Cleveland Show had a devout Christian girl become obsessed with Jr. because he is an atheist and another boy named Hunter because he is Jewish.
Hunter: We [Jews] don't believe in Hell.
Vanessa: Oh, that is even hotter.
- In The Venture Bros., Dr Mrs the Monarch is Jewish according to Word of God. However, she is Sephardic Jewish. Sephardic Jewish women are still underrepresented in Western Media. It's nice that even if the creators grew up and were raised in New York, they envisioned her as Sephardic Jewish.