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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 creation, which then comes to life, see Pygmalion Plot.


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  • Anne Happy: There is nothing perverse or sexual about it given her personality, but Ruri is in love with the mascot found in construction sites safety signs.
  • Discussed in Gintama: When Hijikata buy a cursed sword that turn him into a Otaku, during a debate between Idol Otakus and Anime Otakus in a tv-show, he argue that having a crush on a Idol Singer is about as realistic as this trope. This cause the situation to escalate into a fistfight between the two sides.


  • 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).


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  • 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.


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