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Perverse Sexual Lust

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"I don't care if he's a billboard. He's still hot!"

Lister: This is crazy. Why are we talking about going to bed with Wilma Flintstone?
Cat: You're right. We're nuts. This is an insane conversation.
Lister: She'll never leave Fred and we know it.

Perverse Sexual Lust is a term for a real person's attraction to a fictional character.

It originated in a reader poll during the early days of the Webcomic It's Walky!. The author wished to know the reason behind the slightly loopy church-girl character Joyce Brown's popularity, and saw this option achieve an overwhelming win.

It's somewhat justifiable in live action, especially if the character is played by a hot person, although it does raise the question of what is actually being fancied. Is a viewer fancying CSI: NY's Lindsay Monroe because of Anna Belknap, the character herself, or a combination of the two?.

It gets into the seriously weird when you're dealing with animated characters, although putting purely fictional characters into ahem situations has less creepy spillover to any real life people. Let's face it, a lot of Shipping would actually be wrong if we applied the same standards to Real Life. And, of course, many animated characters are intended to be attractive to the viewer, in which case it could be argued that this is the response the character designers intended in the first place.


As with many things, Japan has a specific term for Perverse Sexual Lust: "Nijigen no fechi" (二次元のフェチ)—literally, "two-dimensional fetish". More than a few otaku suffer from this syndrome, developing crushes on popular anime, manga, and even videogame characters, in some cases to the point where they prefer the objects of their crushes to "real" girls/women. In fact, according to these news articles, some fans even go so far as to attempt to marry the objects of their desire. The related terms "waifu" and "husbando", which became subject to Memetic Mutation, are broader in scope and can also apply to real people.

When a fictional character lusts after a Real Life person, then it may be Celeb Crush. If a creator falls in love with their own character, who then comes to life, see Pygmalion Plot.


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  • Cool World: Not only does Jack Deebs have it for Holli, a cartoon character he himself created, it could be argued that the entire movie is in fact about the subject, and may be the only major Hollywood production to deal with the subject.
  • In the first American Pie Jim gushes over how hot he finds Ariel (a sentiment Norm Peterson shared years before in an episode of Cheers and Joey Tribbiani shared years later in a late episode of Friends).
  • Hinted at in Wayne's World, when Garth asks Wayne if he ever found cross-dressed Bugs Bunny attractive.
  • Played with Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit as she really only evokes this on a meta level. In-universe, however, it wouldn't be entirely "perverse" so to speak as she, along with many other toons, is a tangible, corporeal entity that can interact with humans. So a human within the film's universe lusting after her wouldn't be really seen as this as it would in Real Life.


     Live-Action TV  
  • Red Dwarf: In the season 3 episode "Backwards", Lister and the Cat debate the attractiveness of Wilma Flintstone. They also state they find Betty Rubble desirable, but consider her a second choice. They eventually declare that the conversation is insane, because "she'll never leave Fred, and we know it!"
  • Friends: Chandler keeps a list of five celebrities he'd like to date. While most of them are attractive Hollywood actresses who exist in the real world, this list also includes Jessica Rabbit, a cartoon character.
  • In an episode of The Big Bang Theory, the girls get a Disney Princess makeover at Disneyland. When Penny walks into Leonard's apartment he immediately drops his pants after seeing her dressed as Aurora. Howard does pretty much the same thing. Poor Amy fails to get Sheldon's attention. In another episode, during a conversation with Leonard, Penny reveals how both she and a former childhood friend had crushes on Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street and how the friendship ended because they both wanted Ernie. Leonard is surprised by this and Penny replies "the Heart wants what the heart wants".
  • Oz: In a late season 6 episode, an inmate in Emerald City is seen playing one of the Tomb Raider games in the computer rec coom. It shouldn't come as a surprise that Lara Croft is one of the main draws.
  • In the Supernatural episode "ScoobyNatural", Sam and Dean are unwittingly sucked into a Scooby-Doo cartoon. While there, Dean repeatedly attempts to hook up with Daphne.
  • Conan: During Conan's "Clueless Gamer" review of Tomb Raider (2013), he was gushing over Lara Croft's looks pretty much the entire way through. This made his later interview with Camilla Luddington rather... interesting.
    Conan: Whoever thought up this game is a genius.
  • The Rotten Tomatoes Show: One of Brett's "Secret Movie Confessions" has him admitting his love for various Disney animated heroines, such as Ariel, Jasmine, Jessica Rabbit, and Cute Girl Squirrel. He then proceeds to run away from the camera in shame.
  • Masters of Horror: Rob falls in love with Valerie, who turns out to be a fictional character come to life with literally no personality of her own outside Rob's championing for her Damsel in Distressness. Even later he finds out that he's a figment of someone's mind himself.
  • Every Witch Way: Andi harbors it for a zombie from a video game, even going so far as to consider him her actual boyfriend.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy and Jacqueline both recall a childhood attraction to the cartoon fox version of Robin Hood, on account of "that voice" and "how he didn't wear pants".
  • In The Golden Girls, One episode had Rose recently breaking up from a passionate relationship with a Disney World employee. When pressed for the cause, she admits she lost interest when "he took off the Goofy head."
    • In an earlier Christmas episode, Blanche revealed that she had a special fixation for guys in Santa Claus suits. Dorothy's response: "You do realize that you're in the minority here." Blanche also said she was quite literally able to become aroused just by a single line in the children's nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty" (specifically the one about "all the king's men").



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     Western Animation  
  • All Grown Up!: A G-rated example happens in "Separate but Equal" when Phil and the other boys agree that Yu-Gotta-Go character Princess Nioko is hot.
  • Fillmore!: The teacher in "Masterstroke of Malevolence" is revealed very early on to be crushing on the subject of the painting "The Lobstermen At Port". One of the art museum personnel turns up really quickly, bearing an extremely awkward expression, to get her to stop, presumably to spare everyone the need for Brain Bleach.
  • VeggieTales: An in-universe example; in "Barbara Manatee," one of the Silly Songs With Larry segments, Larry appears to be crushing on a manatee from a TV show. He even has a plush of her, which he sings to and dances with.
  • Bob's Burgers: In the episode "Mutiny on the Windbreaker", Gene falls in love with Marilyn the Talking Manatee, a manatee puppet from a ventriloquist's act.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Three Men and a Comic Book," Homer shows an attraction to Wonder Woman, saying "she could time me up with that golden lasso anytime!"


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