The (legal, and less repulsive than the better-known types) sexual predator — a man who relentlessly pursues, lands, loves, and then abandons members of the opposite sex, a skill bestowed upon him to demonstrate what a badass he is. Sometimes comic, sometimes a monster, always successful, this character leaves behind a string of broken hearts, and occasional vows of revenge that are rarely fulfilled. Casanova's only motivation is indulging his lust and desire, sating them with the bodies of his conquests.
This trope tends to suffer from three double standards when portrayed in media;
- The first is that the Casanova is always male, given that women are usually shamed for having an active sex life. The comparatively rarer female version is an "aphrodite", but shell likely be portrayed as an evil character who exploits her sexuality to manipulate innocent men. The womanizing skills of the Casanova, on the other hand, will almost always be granted to him to make him look like a champion.
- This trope also applies almost exclusively to straight men, given that queer people with an active sex life are usually villainized in media. Meanwhile, straight men get to be portrayed as badasses for having multiple women at their beck and call. Bisexuals or demisexuals are even rarer, though not unheard of; for example Oberyn Martell.
- The Casanova trope is also usually only applied to Caucasian/white men. Non-white men having, expressing or giving into their sexual desires is often portrayed negatively or Played for Laughs. Also, while white male Casanovas being with non-white women is generally portrayed as fine, men of color are often limited in a work to dating, having sex, marrying or even flirting only with women of the same nationality or skin color as them. If they do have a romantic relationship or sexual encounter with a woman of a different nationality or skin-color, it is usually held in scorn by some in-universe (and sometimes out-of-universe, unfortunately).
Contrast with the unsuccessful Casanova Wannabe. Compare with the inexplicable Kavorka Man. A guy who gets the girls like a Casanova, but unintentionally, is a Chick Magnet. If kind-hearted, may overlap with Chivalrous Pervert. The Charmer is equally charming but less sex-obsessed. If they really get around but want to settle down, it's Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places. A Handsome Lech has more negative connotations and a sparser scorecard than the Casanova.
The trope is named for Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798), a soldier, spy, diplomat, adventurer, and librarian whose extensive but unreliable autobiography (in which he almost literally described himself as God's Gift to Womennote ) established his eternal fame as a lover. It should be noted that the historical Casanova was closer to a Chivalrous Pervert who really was looking for love... just with women who were locked in loveless political marriages — and also gained his successes famously ugly. (Definitely◊ he was no Heath Ledger◊.) Interesting and prone to be noted for his modern wannabes, he was one of the few 18th century men who bathed almost daily and asked the same thing from his partners.
Many films, TV movies and TV mini-series are named for and based on that person. The best known are Fellini's 1976 film, the 2005 film starring Heath Ledger, and the 2005 BBC drama mini-series starring David Tennant. The latter is considered one of the more faithful adaptations of Casanova's memoirs, while Fellini's... wasn't.
For the juvenile version — all of the above without the sex — see Kid-anova. Contrast the Serial Romeo (who falls in love with a long succession of women, one at a time and for reasonable periods). If the guy is actually only rumored to be a Casanova and has no evidence onscreen, it's the Urban Legend Love Life. If he develops feelings for one of his conquests (or someone who refuses him), he's a Ladykiller in Love. See More Friends, More Benefits for when the mechanics of a game encourage the player character to act this way.
Note: It should be mentioned that even after the affairs were over, most of Casanova's ex-lovers still liked him, and he was reputedly quite the gentleman. This trope would probably fit (the fictional) Don Juan better.
- Aoshima in Ah! My Goddess, who is explicitly referred to as a "casanova." Fortunately, when he's not busy being a slimy excuse for a human being, he tends to be the Butt-Monkey.
- City Hunter:
- Ryo, the titular character. He's actually a very successful one until Kaori came along... Even then, Kaori can only prevent him from consummating in their home, as they will fall for him, with very few exceptions.
- Mick Angel, an American friend of Ryo, has the hobby of seducing married or otherwise engaged women. Especially if he's been hired to kill their man.
- A Cruel God Reigns: Ian. He gets pretty much anyone he wants, and is a classic example of Even the Guys Want Him.
- Agon of Eyeshield 21 has this trait tacked on to his already unpleasant personality. It's not especially relevant to the story, it's just another extension of his Jerk Jock personality and serves as yet another reason for the heroes to dislike him ("Down with guys who have girlfriends!").
He's also one of two characters that has luck with women in the entire series. The first one is Hatsujou None of the Nagas have any luck with women since they attend an all boys school, and Ikkyu and Yamabushi are very jealous.
- Fairy Tail: Loki is a far more blatant example, until The Reveal and his return to the spirit world. When he thinks he's dying and starts withdrawing from everything, he's revealed to have had four girlfriends at once.
- Guiche from The Familiar of Zero. Possibly Julio as well, although he tends to have girls pursuing him.
- Subverted in the manga version of Fullmetal Alchemist where Roy Mustang pretends he's this to cover up the fact that he uses prostitutes, whose madam is his adoptive mother, as spies. The original anime plays this straight because the subversion happens after the anime Overtook the Manga.
- Explored to an extent in Golgo 13. The title character tends to have sex before a job, and does have good luck at getting women to join him in bed. However, he just as often hires prostitutes, and due to his notorious blank expression not changing, a number of readers have theorized he doesn't actually enjoy it.
- Miroku from InuYasha is The Charmer and is always flirting with women since his goal is having a child, his catchphrase being Will you bear my children?. While in the series is implied subtly that he has actually slept with several women, it is left to interpretation leaving it as an Urban Legend Love Life. That is until Word of God comfirmed it saying he used to have a 90% success rate with the ladies, but it went to zero after joining the team. It also didnt help that he fell in love with Sango.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
- Dio Brando is so charismatic and good-looking that he managed to father four children. With four different women. His Alternate Continuity counterpart in Part 7 has the same influence, sometimes to his detriment.◊
- Hol Horse has the same way with women, which he uses to take advantage of them - not in that way (at least, not that we're shown), but in order to use them to make his escape when needed.
- Karin's brother, Ren, sucks the blood of stressed out women every night. He says they're usually quite grateful afterwards, but tend to keep bugging him.
- Kyo Koi O Hajimemasu has the male lead, Tsubaki Kyota at first. He's noted for flirting and sleeping around with many different girls, but has never had an actual romantic relationship.
- Though Love Espada is openly bisexual, she's earned an in-universe reputation for seducing other women instead. In chapter 76, Usui and Himegami eavesdrop as she has sex with Kyoki in one of the school's clubrooms. During which, Usui explains that Espada allegedly slept with over 100 girls during Tenbi's previous Himekagura Festival.
- Played for laughs with Rudolf in episode 7 ( season 2). Girls assume he's a cute harmless teddy bear... until they bring him home, which is how he gets into their pants, so to speak. The shopkeeper Himegami bought him from even admitted that she was one of his lovers, until she caught him cheating on her with two other women. Rudolf also bangs Nozuchi offscreen and, near the end of the episode, he leaves a trail of women trembling in orgasm at the park; including Ms. Aki.
- Paptimus Scirrocco from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is a very evil version of this. He's basically what happens when you combine a Casanova with a Magnificent Bastard and give him the psychic powers of a Newtype. Generally the kind that uses his charms more to use woman as tools than just as sexual objects, though.
- Elinalise of Mushoku Tensei is a fairly positive female example. Being afflicted with a curse that makes her physically need sex and an unusually active libido to match it, she has perfected the art of soliciting men for one night stands. She doesn't even need to speak the same language to get what she's after.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Ryoji Kaji is implied to be this. He hits on all adult women in the cast, leading to the derogatory Fan Nickname "man-whore". That doesn't stop him from teasing Shinji about him living at Misato's and shipping him with Asuka.
- Jin from The Pet Girl of Sakurasou remains loyal to his childhood friend Misaki, but becomes this instead as he feels unworthy of her.
- Akio Ohtori and Touga Kiryuu from Revolutionary Girl Utena use, manipulate and abuse women and men alike using in great part their sex appeal for More Than Mind Control effect. Then Akio does it to Touga, establishing him as a sort of Alpha Casanova.
Ruka Tsuchiya counts as well. He takes a Hands-On Approach with the female fencing club members, dates and beds Shiori, whom he later utterly humiliates, and is very forceful with Juri, despite the fact that he's supposedly trying to help her break free of her self-destructive cycle.
- Ryou from Strawberry Shake Sweet, in a Girls' Love example, has bedded about a thousand girls and that's only the known minimum.
- Mingyi in Goddess Creation System is a cultured, elegant man who seduces women and then gets bored of them at the drop of a hat. However, it's indicated that he's less universally charming that his success rate would indicate given that at least one concubine was abducted and doesn't want to be there at all. Xiaxi's complete immunity to his charms rather upsets him due to his immense pride. Which is the whole point of her refusing him in the first place: She's genre savvy enough to exploit the hell out of the Ladykiller in Love trope.
- DCU: Different versions of Batman have either portrayed him as being with many women or as avoiding most women. A common feature to most versions is that he ends up alone. His public persona as Bruce Wayne is essentially a Casanova, constantly dating and breaking up with multiple women to keep up the Rich Idiot with No Day Job facade.
- Marvel Universe:
Tony Stark: I have my own fleet of satellites in geosynchronous orbit.Maya Hansen: You actually get girls with that line?Tony Stark: They make me a lot of money, I find that does the trick.Maya Hansen: Some classy ladies you know.
- Starfox of The Avengers. It's suggested in She-Hulk that he's an inadvertent rapist who unconsciously uses his psychic powers to get women into bed, but the canonicity of She-Hulk is sometimes dubious. It's been firmly established what his powers are and how much control he has over them; She-Hulk just pointed out Unfortunate Implications that already existed. However, in the case where Starfox was accused of being a rapist, it was revealed this was not true. He has not using his powers to get women. The woman who accused him did so to try and cover up the affair since she was a married woman.
- For your consideration ladies and gentlemen, The Incredible Hercules. Pulls about as much tail as James Bond.
- Tony Stark alias Iron Man. Lampshaded in Extremis:
Red She-Hulk: You really got around, huh?
- Gambit, who is largely considered to be a reformed example, having given up his whoring ways since meeting Rogue. Until they broke up anyway. This is exaggerated in one of Gambit's stand alone comics. He breaks into an old girlfriend's house in the middle of the night to request a favor and both are confused by the lack of sex.
- Incredible Hulk. No, really! Have you seen how many children he has with multiple women? Three, so far, with a suspected fourth running around. As Red She-Hulk who is actually Betty Ross Banner commented after learning the Hulk had been married to not one, but two hot alien warrior queens;
- Spider-Man. Despite being the archetypal geek, he's generally agreed to hold the record for most girlfriends had by any comic book superhero.
- Ultimate Marvel
- Ultimate Wolverine: Magneto gave Wolverine many missions of infiltration and killing in the past. He has an habit of holding the kill (and then escaping) when he meets a girl that he was wants to have sex with. Magneto got used to those "delays", and lets him be, because he was still the best hitman at his disposal.
- Ultimate Tony Stark was even more than the original one (and still in the pre-MCU years). He gave it up temporarily when he got married with the Black Widow. She betrayed the team and tried to kill him, and died at the end of the adventure. Tony mourned her next to a window... and forgot it all when he saw a gorgeous blonde passing by.
- The aptly named Casanova Quinn.
- The entire point of Prince Charming. The reason he's in so many stories is because he constantly marries and abandons various princesses. This leads to him originally being less than popular in Fabletown.
- Jack of Fables.
- The title character of Nikolai Dante has sex with every attractive woman he meets except for Elena Kurakin. His half-brother, Andreas Romanov, does much the same, but secretly feels his life is empty because he hasn't accomplished anything of real value. Lulu, Andreas' sister and Nikolai's half-sister, is a female version who is also into weird BDSM; refreshingly, there isn't any particular stigma attached to Lulu's appetites, and she and Andreas are two of the nicer Romanovs.
- A Crown of Stars: Parodied. Shinji is remarkably smooth and confident when he thinks he is dreaming. He gets Asuka so shocked and aroused that she calls him "Shinji the Casanova".
- Advice and Trust: Subverted. Due to a misunderstanding, all Shinji's female classmates convinced themselves that he is some sort of stud and is in a three-ways relationship with Asuka and Rei (ironically they are accidentally not so off the mark: Shinji and Asuka are dating secretly, and Rei is in love with both, but she does not want to disrupt their relationship), so they start to lust after him and chase him, much to his chagrin (he only wants Asuka) and Asuka's wrath, who complains that they think he is "Shinji the casanova" when he is hers.
- In Shinji the Casanova -written by the creator of Higher Learning-, Shinji gets Casanova training from an unusual third party and sets out to seduce Asuka as accidentally and involuntarily seducing all his female classmates.
- Shinji And Warhammer 40 K: Doubly subverted. The whole Shinji's high school female population has a crush on him. There are three girls (Asuka, Rei and Mana) and a woman (Maya Ibuki) chasing him actively, two of which consider that he should claim all them. The double subversion comes from Shinji affirming that he is not interested in being a player, he does not want a harem and "their" girls are not sluts... and at the same time the Eldar Farseer -that embodies his lust, among other things- spends the whole time suggesting that he should sleep with Asuka or all them, prefferably at once.
- In the Hot Springs Episode while the cast was relaxing in the springs he felt that Misato, Maya, Asuka, Rei and Mana were getting upset... so he openly walked into the only women side, reassured Mana and left with no bodily harm inflicted upon him. His male friends instantly bowed down.
- After a Time Skip his sync rates were very low. Maya came up with an idea to cheer him up. She recruited Rei and Mana and together barged into Misato's apartment declaring they were going to kidnap Shinji -and Asuka- and have an orgy. Misato thought that they were joking, but the next day Shinji and Asuka flatly refused commenting on the matter. A bunch of chapters later it is revealed that Shinji had kissed Asuka and Rei in rapid sucession.
- Thousand Shinji: Double subversion. In this story Shinji might be The Casanova easily: all his female classmates want him, and he is a Manipulative Bastard and a Jerkass plays with other people's feelings to further his plans or for his own amusement. Nonetheless he openly says he has no interest in a woman he can seduce easily. He only chases Asuka and he seduces her by being straight-forward, sincere, honest and truthful rather manipulative. However, although he did not plan for it, he ended up married to Asuka, Rei and Misato.
- In The Truth Behind the Friendship Harry mentioned that Sirius slept with twenty-two girls at Hogwarts in an attempt to beat an unnamed Ravenclaw's record of thirty-seven.
- Iroh in the The Stalking Zuko Series. He is known for a get sexual appetite before settling down with his wife, which rekindled during Zuko's search. His track record, according to Zuko, consists of two nuns, their Ba Sing Se neighbor and Li and La.
- Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness:
"I did just fine with the Muggle girls on holidays, thank you very much, because they think I'm cute and mysterious and know I go to some kind of exclusive and super-secret private boarding school.
- Apparently, Colin Creevey of all people.
- Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has Ash's Pikachu, shockingly enough. Turns out he's very popular with females in his egg group, and may have fathered Misty's Azurill in the original timeline.
- Gender Flipped and played with in A Good Compromise. USS Black Prince chief engineer Jasmine Velasquez was already established in From Bajor to the Black and "The Silence Ends" as a determinedly single Extreme Omnisexual. Early on she tries to vamp on Ensign Newbie Gilad Ronson (intending it as stress relief for herself), but she comes on too strong and he panics and runs.
- Break Your Heart: Gender-inverted with Rainbow. While she was living in Cloudsdale she had casual sexual relationships with Fluttershy and Gilda at the same time and on the side she had one-night stands with many other girls.
- Deconstructed with King Garon in The Lost King. His frequent one-night stands with women has caused them to stick around in his court, gradually turning it deadly and decadent as they competed for his favor. The infighting is so brutal it actually causes him to stop being this because he's so tired of seeing them kill each other and his bastard children. (And this is before his youngest surviving daughter was conceived.) Yet his reputation as a womanizer still haunts him.
- In The Black Emperor, Lelouch and Milly are an unusual example of a Casanova couple. The two of them have a hobby of seducing girls with the intent of sleeping with them, sometimes together. Despite this, they still have a deep and genuine love for one another.
- Casanova from the film Casanova? The great seducer has been portrayed many times on film: IMDB has no less than 85 movies or TV shows with the word "Casanova" in the title, and most of them feature the gentleman himself in a leading or supporting role.
- It's heavily implied that all the men in the film Sin Takes a Holiday are wominzers to the max.
- Bob Hope spoofs the role in Casanova's Big Night.
- James Bond, of course. Partially subverted in that in some cases, he pursues the woman not for sex/conquest for its own sake, but to win her as an ally/defector for purposes of his mission objective. However, he does seem to feel genuinely bad if a woman he had slept with ends up being killed by the villain.
- Doubles as his Fatal Flaw, as several of the girls (particularly Vesper Lynd and Tracy Bond) do end up dead. Many villains have lampshaded and even exploited this flaw against him at times.
- Or by a non-villain.
- It should be noted that, contrary to the stereotype that Bond regularly kills the women he sleeps with (invoked by the "kiss kiss bang bang" catchphrase of the 1960s), in truth this has happened exactly three times in the history of the movie franchise (Fiona in Thunderball, Fatima in Never Say Never Again, and the above example of Elektra in The World Is Not Enough. And in the case of Fiona, it's debatable whether Bond intentionally had used her as a human shield.).
- He was apparently expelled from Eton after an "incident" with one of the maids...
- Stefan from the the film Letter from an Unknown Woman is a classical pianist and is Tall, Dark, and Handsome, therefore, women catnip.
- The Ghost Goes West: Scottish lad, Murdoch Glourie, is quite the ladies man in 18th Century Scotland.
- Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Claims to have gone 12-for-13 in one year with Maxim cover girls (he couldn't make his schedule work with March, but December was twins). Seduces Christine Everhart, leaves her to wake up alone in his bed, and while showing Everhart the door, Stark's Girl Friday Pepper Potts says that her duties sometimes include "taking out the trash."
- A deleted scene set right before the Golmira scenes has Tony seducing and leading a woman off to bed... and picking up another in the hallway along the way. He then gives a lame excuse to bail on the apparently inebriated women. "I'm going to get ice for the champagne" or something like that. In the distance, we see Iron Man taking off.
- In fact, this trope is often part of the Rich Idiot with No Day Job's cover.
- Dorian Gray, not only in various movie versions of The Picture of Dorian Gray but even more so in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie.
- Pavi Largo from Repo! The Genetic Opera is close to being the epitome of this trope. As he says himself in 'Mark It Up':
Ask a Gentern who they prefer—ten out of nine will say the Pavi!
- Stuart Townsend's character Adam in the Irish film About Adam. He beds/romances with no difficulty three very different sisters, their brother's uptight girlfriend - and almost the brother as well.
- Timothy, the slinky, knife-throwing terrorist from 1996's The Long Kiss Goodnight.
- Subverted in the movie and book Kiss the Girls where the kidnapping/rapist/murderer bad guy takes the alias "Casanova". After he drugs and attempts to murder one of his victims a character remarks "Yeah, he's cunning, but he doesn't know his history: The real Casanova would never have approved."
- Wickham in Bride and Prejudice.
- What's New Pussycat? stars Peter O'Toole as a man who just can't say no to women. He sees a psychiatrist to help him swear them off and be faithful to his fiancee, but the doctor is a deranged lech himself.
- Shame presents a deconstruction. Brandon is a young handsome successful businessman who can easily pick up girls. But he's also a sex addict and will resort to prostitution and masturbation to satisfy his needs. And none of it ever gives him happiness.
- Oscar Diggs, aka The Wizard of Oz, is one in Oz: The Great and Powerful. He's made Ann—from Kansas, his assistants, the strongman's wife ( really bad idea, that one), Theodora and Glinda fall in love with him. And he didn't care for any of the women he was with, stating they'll get over him and the heartbreak. Ann was the closest to loving a woman he ever came, but he still wasn't willing to change for her and settle. He later falls for Glinda, possibly only because he reminds her of Ann, but he can have her without compromising his wanton hero/show-off status.
- In The Double, James probably sleeps with half the women in the movie.
- In Gregory's Girl, Billy the Window Washer is idolized by the boys for his reputation.
- The Love Parade (1929) has three of them. In the song "Paris, Stay the Same," Count Alfred sings about all the romantic nights he's had with the ladies of Gay Paree. Then Alfred's valet Jacques sings about his romantic nights with the maids and shopgirls of Paris. Then Alfred's dog barks out a verse, which is pretty clearly the same sentiment, but about the, er, bitches of Paris.
- In Unfaithful, it's implied that Connie Sumner is a Rare Female Example. Connie and Paul are having sex in the cafe men's room and her ass is up against a wall and he's grabbing it. Meanwhile, her friends are sitting at a table, waiting for Connie and they're talking about her:
Tracy: She's not like that. She's really nice...Sally: Of course she is. That only makes it worse. She's nice and sweet and her ass is exactly where it was when she was in college.
- The historical Giacomo Casanova is a character in Münchhausen, but he's actually older in this film and past his womanizing years. Played straight, however, with Baron Münchhausen, who has amazing success with women wherever he goes.
- Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters (1984) mixes this with Jerk Ass With A Heart Of Gold as his flirty antics makes him torture a poor guy in an experiment about psychic powers in order to not harm the beautiful girl. Similarly his interest in Dana Barrett made an important part of the plot.
- Indiana Jones, naturally as is a character inspired by James Bond. He has several romances throughout all the movies (sometimes more than one girl per movie), and the canonical prequel series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles shows that he was like that since he was a teen.
- Mythica: Dagen is introduced with another man's wife, and is continually shown having seduced women over the next films. Eventually he settles down with Marek-in the afterlife.
- Spyros Stavaronas, the attractive young shrimp fisherman in Alexandra by Scott O'Dell. At first, he uses his charms to distract Alexandra so his henchmen can smuggle cocaine on her boat. When Alexandra finds out, he further tries to seduce her into keeping his secret and not turning them into the cops.
- Mr. Wednesday from American Gods is a lecherous old man with supernatural charm, a penchant for virgins, and no respect for age-of-consent laws. The book's protagonist, Shadow, reluctantly finds himself witnessing the seduction of a teenage waitress, deciding it was "like watching an old wolf stalking a fawn too young to know that if it did not run, and run now, it would wind up in a distant glade with its bones picked clean by the ravens." In fact, this is exactly how Shadow got conceived.
- Apollo's Grove: Atollon, a priest of Apollo, at one point seduces a village woman using the same words his mentor had used to describe the sacred nature of Apollo's grove.
- Alcee Arubin from The Awakening, though he later approaches Ladykiller in Love territory.
- In Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, The pirate, Duff is revealed to be this. He set his sights on Adina, a Straw Feminist, to boost his ratings.
- Mark, of Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains), has worked his way through a long string of blondes, Blaze being the latest target...
- Hugo Lamb from The Bone Clocks. He's charming, charismatic, and a serial womanizer.
- Casanunda the dwarf from Discworld is a parody of this trope.
- But we can't really be sure, since he is also a self-proclaimed Outrageous Liar.
- Well, it worked on Nanny Ogg. Of course, expressing a vague interest would work on Nanny Ogg...
- The odds are that he's not lying about this one, at least. He's proven it to other women as well.
- The Divine Comedy: The first bolgia in the eighth Circle of Hell is reserved for those panderers and pimps who used deceit to sexually exploit women. Their ranks include Jason of the Argonauts, who abandoned his lovers, Hypsipyle and Medea, once they had sacrificed everything to ease his quest.
- Comically averted in, of all places, Lord Byron's poem Don Juan. His version of Don Juan is a Chaste Hero which turns out ironically to make him irresistible to women, who find it extremely attractive that he is just being innocent and not trying to seduce anyone.
- A character in Don Quixote is also portrayed like this in the male villager's stories about her. We later find out these injuries were imagined, she was just being chaste and as she wisely points out, she can't help being beautiful.
- In Sarah A. Hoyt's Draw One in the Dark, Kyrie tells herself that the officer probably turns on his attractiveness for any woman; it's not personal to her.
- Neil Strauss's The Game is about becoming this. And the book is full of them... only thing is that they are all Cloudcuckoolanders.
- In Aaron Allston's Galatea in 2-D, Paris makes a move on Elsie as soon as he is drawn from the painting.
- In Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novel Necropolis, Gaunt after a wartime fling thinks of his mentor Otkar who had left a trail of tearful women behind him and warned Gaunt not to get involved, as it would weaken him. Gaunt realizes that although as soon as the war is over, their social classes would separate them (which she knows too), he would now fight to the end to save this woman, and that his emotional investment in the Ghosts has in reality kept him on the job.
- Guardians of the Flame: Walter Slovotsky. At the beginning of the story, he and Doria have already been "friends with benefits" for some time. His charming personality and status as a football star imply that he's very popular with girls. During the first trip to The Other Side, he also sleeps with Andy-Andy (angering Karl, who's attracted to her). She ends up with Karl though. Even after he gets married, Walter doesn't stop, and continues having sex with other women.
- Lude from House of Leaves, who actually keeps a list of his conquests, their prominent features, and how he had sex with them.
- Finnick in the sequel of The Hunger Games is the object of every girl's affection and he's rumored to exploit that for his own pleasure. Although, as revealed in Mockingjay, this may actually be a subversion. He does love one single woman, Annie, and was forced into becoming a sex slave by the Capitol to protect her. His heartbreaker reputation is just the public front for what's really going on.
- Valmont and Madame Merteuil of Les Liaisons Dangereuses are classic literary examples — notable in that the man and the woman are essentially equals in this.
- James Bond again. This is brought out most clearly in the last paragraph of the series, effectively describing how he can never settle down with one woman.
- In the books it's a little more Byronic. For example, in Moonraker he expects to automatically be rewarded for his efforts by sex with Gala Brand, only for Brand to reveal that she wasn't kidding about being engaged. However, he willingly lets her go off to get married and they both go their separate ways as friends.
- Trigger Mortis has Bond observe the hordes of pretty girls clamouring over the winning racers. However, he thinks that he would feel extremely uneasy if he was in the same situation, as he prefers having a single strong and independent women to multiple ones fighting for attention.
- Never trust these characters in Jane Austen:
- Willoughby of Sense and Sensibility (abandoned the last girl he slept with and dumps one of the heroines for someone richer).
- Wickham of Pride and Prejudice (tried to seduce The Hero's younger sister and succeeds in seducing the heroine's younger sister).
- Henry Crawford of Mansfield Park (has every woman in the world — including ours! — wrapped around his finger... except the heroine, which he cannot take lying down...)
- Mr. Knightley fears Frank Churchill may be this in Emma, given the mixed signals he keeps sending both to Emma and Jane Fairfax. It turns out he's just an innocent if sometimes foolish Chick Magnet in a committed, Secret Relationship with Jane Fairfax.
- You have to read between the lines in Lord Chesterfield's Letters to His Son, but it's there. "I repeat it again and again to you, Let the great book of the world be your principal study. 'Nocturna versate manu, versate diurna'; which may be rendered thus in English: Turn Over MEN BY DAY, AND WOMEN BY NIGHT. I mean only the best editions." (letter 137)
- Gloom the dragon from Loyal Enemies likes to fashion himself a casanova and pretends to leave broken hearts behind everywhere. As it is, every dryad he tries his charms on snubs him and the one time he does manage to score, he can't even remember which sister he slept with and gets chased out of the house by a furious father.
- Murillio of the Malazan Book of the Fallen specializes in seducing and bedding married women. He notes that all the students of the man who trained him in dueling ended up pursuing some vice; his was just a bit less dangerous. Ended up quitting after a younger woman seduced him and he nearly died when her suitor defended her "honor".
- Marcus of The Mark of the Lion begins the series as one; he is apparently quite skilled at seducing his familys female servants with a mere glance, despite his string of girlfriends on the side.
- Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments is implied to have been involved with lots of girls, and he flirts with Kaelie in City of Bones. However, prior to Clary he was never in a long term relationship.
- Fictional comedian Monti Tree from My Screwups fit this trope to a T, losing his virginity at 13, to bedding supermodels well into adulthood. However that all comes to a complete stop when he finds out he had a son he didn't know about.
- Aiden's very first scene in Of Fear and Faith ends with him convincing a woman who's angry at him for trespassing on her property to go to bed with him. He proceeds to charm almost every woman he meets from then on.
- Larry Douglas in The Other Side of Midnight. The first "book" of the novel tells the life stories of two of his many conquests, Catherine Alexander and Noelle Page, via alternating chapters. The former marries him, unaware of his true nature; the latter, whom he abandoned years before he met Catherine, devotes her life to destroying him. The remainder of the story is about what happens when Noelle manipulates events to bring Larry back into her life.
- In On Fairy-Stories, J. R. R. Tolkien pointed out that first use of "faerie" in English was to refer to a Casanova, dressed up to seduce when he attended church. (The Fair Folk sort of faerie, not the little winged thing sort.)
- Jimmy (Snowman) in Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, is this and also a harbors a years-long romantic obsession with the same girl (then woman) as his sociopathic genius best friend, which leads to trouble.
- Daniel Leary of David Drake's RCN series is an interesting example of this. Early on he's said, and shown, to be good enough at picking up women to make his living at it, and maintains this trait for several books. However, he also has perfectly good platonic relationships with women (usually female subordinates, but also notably Adele Mundy, who while technically a subordinate is really his Platonic Life Partner and effective first officer except in naval combat), and becomes a Ladykiller in Love in a later book after he meets Miranda Dorst.
- Runge Margavo, one of the two titular bounty hunters from Riesel Tales: Two Hunters, is quite the connoisseur in regard to the large prostitution industry on Riesel.
- In a rare example of one in children's literature, The Roman Mysteries features Publius Pollus Felix, who is revealed as a Casanova in The Sirens of Surrentum.
- The Stormlight Archive: One of the reasons Adolin's relationships keep failing is because he has a shameless wandering eye.
- Pretty common among the main male characters of the Sword of Truth series. Nathan Rahl, the prophet, often badgers the Sisters of the Light to send women to his rooms while he is in his Gilded Cage, and can often be seen with a woman on each arm after getting out. Zedd is implied to have interactions with several women over the course of the series. Richard himself, while more content to just have his one significant other, still manages to end up married to three different women and have several more who want him. The male villains are darker versions of this.
- Arthur Huntingdon in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, who brags to his wife about his sexual conquests.
- Vampire Academy:
- Andre Dragomir was not above seducing younger girls and eventually dumping them. Mia Rinaldi being the most notable example.
- Rolan Kislyak seduced and impregnated Sonya Belikova, moved on to her younger sister Viktoria Belikova, and tried to hit on Rose while still dating the latter.
- Adrian Ivashkov is seen to be a player, party boy and a womanizer who loves a lot of women.
- Anatole Kuragin from War and Peace. He's a well-known womanizer whose first interaction with a semi-main character is mademoiselle Bourienne, a maid at Prince Bolkonsky's house, while Anatole was there to court the prince's daughter Marya. He later marries the daughter of a Polish farmer in exchange for room and board during one military campaign, and then, just for fun, sets out to marry-and-kidnap Natasha Rostov.
- The Brady Bunch: Greg, who was once referred to as the "Casanova of Clinton Avenue" and truly was a Big Man on Campus. He truly did hit it off with a lot of the hottest-looking, mouth-watering babes of the early- to mid-1970s.
- Comically inverted in the movie, where he was an awkward teen who was completely oblivious to the fact that not even the ugliest, fattest, most revolting girl in class didn't want him.
- Lord Flashheart from Blackadder.
- David Tennant in the BBC series Casanova.
- Frank Finlay as the title character in yet another TV miniseries in 1971.
- Face, on The A-Team.
- Game of Thrones: Daario Naharis considers seduction one of life's two great pleasures.
- Christian Troy on Nip/Tuck.
- Tony Dinozzo on NCIS.
- Ironically, he sometimes is on the receiving end of the female version of this trope. In one episode, while investigating a petty officer's psychiatric admission, an "orderly" comes onto Tony as Gibbs and Kate leave. Turns out, she's a patient.
- Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and Torchwood - bisexual, promiscuous, but benign.
- Brian in Seacht.
- Patrick of Coupling behaves like a cold hearted seducer, unable to see women as anything but potential conquests, dumping his girlfriends almost immediately, and compiling a vast collection of sex tapes of his conquests. Interestingly, he avoids being loathsome, as he's portrayed as stupid rather than deliberately malicious.
- Barney from How I Met Your Mother. There's barely been an episode in the series where he hasn't hit on at least one woman, and uses a number of bizarre means to seduce them (which are surprisingly successful). For the most part, he only does well with bimbos and desperate women.
Ted: Does that ever work for you? (referring to one of Barney's numerous pick up lines and schemes)Barney: Ted, the question is do they ever not work for me? Either way the answer is about half the time.
- In one episode Barney was revealed to have slept with 200 women (and counting). Marshall, while disgusted, decided to crunch the numbers based on the number of women Barney hits on on average every week and calculated (albeit with quite a bit of leeway) that based on that information and his years of sexual activity, Barney's success rate with women works out at a little over 1%. There's no telling if that is anywhere near accurate though.
- It varies from season to season. In one episode he successfully nails seven different girls in seven days, most of whom leave the bar with him within seconds of being hit on.
- In season 7, it is revealed that he will be married soon. Season 8 has him propose to the woman (after having proposed to someone else in season 7) he will marry.
- Hank Moody on Californication.
- Queer as Folk:
- Brian Kinney almost nightly indulges in one night stands.
- Stuart in the UK version and in the ending montage Nathan becomes the new Stuart after Stuart gets into a long-term relationship with Vince and they travel together.
- Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H, although he occasionally takes a break to get his heart stepped on.
- Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. cuts a wide swathe through various femmes fatale, female innocents, and the UNCLE secretarial pool.
- Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) in Two and a Half Men.
- His daughter Jenny as well who seems to have no problem getting straight women to sleep with her.
- Dr. Sloane in Grey's Anatomy. In later seasons, he became interested in having a relationship and settling down as he matured.
- Dean Winchester on Supernatural. Dean's actually an interesting case, although he sleeps with a lot of women and is certainly lustful, its implied on multiple occasions he genuinely would love to settle down and get married. But due to the nature of his job (being a Hunter of Monsters) it's too dangerous and impossible for him to have a truly stable relationship. As such he sleeps with multiple women, to help fill the void of what he knows he'll never have. This is confirmed during episode 10x16 "Paint it Black." Among many things in the episode implied that Dean is ready to settle down, the scene with the priest in the confessional is probably the most telling:
Dean: You know, the life I live, the work I do I pretty much just figured that that was all there was to me, you know? Tear around and jam the key in the ignition and haul ass until I ran out of gas. I guess I just thought sooner or later, Id go out the same way that I live pedal to the metal, and that would be it.
Father Delaney: But now?
Dean: Now, um recent events, uh make me think I might be closer to that than I really thought. And I dont know. I mean, you know, theres theres things, theres people, feelings that I-I-I want to experience differently than I have before, or maybe even for the first time.
Father Delaney: Go a little deeper, perhaps, than with Gina.
Dean: Yeah. Yeah, Im just starting to think that maybe theres more to it all than I thought.
- Latka's alter ego Vic Ferrari from Taxi, introduced at the end of Season 3 and the catalyst for a Split Personality problem that unfolded over much of the following season. This climaxed when he had to win back his old girlfriend Simka from Vic (whom he referred to as "a two-bit bossa nova"). Once he managed to convince her that Vic wouldn't actually love her, she was able to convince Vic to leave for good.
- Sam Malone of Cheers.
Norm: Ah, Sammy, watching you get ready for a date is like watching a great matador prepare for a bullfight.Cliff: I hate that stuff. You know, who wants to see a guy go and manipulate a torment a poor, unthinking creature like that?Sam: Hey, I always buy 'em breakfast, don't I?
- Bulldog from Frasier.
Bulldog: [on the phone] Come on now. No tears. I'll never forget you either, Sandy. Linda? Really? I thought I was talking to your sister. Oh well, tell her same goes.
- Roz Doyle was always played as a female version of this trope in particular, rather than just Really Gets Around. While the characters often cracked jokes about her promiscuity, they nearly always implied a predatory and perpetually lustful person who loved the chase and would jump through ridiculous hoops (including construct elaborate lies and hook her friends into facilitating hook-ups) in order to get laid, rather than misogynistic jokes indicative of a cheap slut, as would be expected in a comedy featuring a promiscuous woman. Also, Roz was always portrayed in a far better light than Bulldog because while Roz would sleep with loads of guys, she also had very clear standards that she rarely compromised (which is perhaps the reason her dates were so often men who required her to come up with hilarious schemes in order to get them to put out).
- Samantha of Sex and the City arguably is more of a female version of this than The Vamp or Femme Fatale, as her motivations are lust rather than being a "bad girl".
- Al Mundy of It Takes a Thief (1968) seems to pick up a new woman every episode, and even the ones who are initially frosty are charmed by him in the end. He doesn't seem to get much actual sex, though, because Noah always puts a stop to things just when the woman is softening up.
- An episode of The Equalizer had a handsome chronic womaniser get kidnapped by industrial spies who keep insisting that "she said she gave it to you" and refuse to believe his claims of innocence. Realising he's going to be tortured he quickly "confesses" and promises to get "it" to them in 24 hours — he then has to hire the Equalizer to help him sort though the multitude of women he's dated to find the right one. "It" turns out to be a microdot on a matchbook handed to him with a girl's phone number written on the inside.
- Before Nathan of One Tree Hill fell in love with Haley, he was most definitely one of these, even if he was taken at the time. Haley is not happy when, in Season 4, after they are married and pregnant, she finds out that Nathan made a sex tape with their friend Brooke (though it was before he even knew her).
Nathan: You want me to write a list of every single girl I've ever...
Haley: No, no, I guess not every single girl. You can cross Peyton, Brooke, and my sister off of that list.
Nathan: You really think that's a good idea?
Haley: Yes! And here. I'll make it easy for you. Take the phone book and just cross off the name of every girl you haven't been with.
- Sam Axe of Burn Notice seems to make his living "sponging off every rich divorcee in the greater Miami area."
- This brings in an Evil Counterpart when they meet Charles, a womanizer who manages to seduce rich women into revealing their bank codes and bleed them dry. In comparison, Sam just finds himself a sugar-momma and provides genuine affection, company and is monogamous.
- Star Trek's Captain James T. "Jim" Kirk and The Next Generation's Commander William T. Riker.
When in doubt, seduce the woman.
- A YouTube user's summary of Kirk's philosophy of life:
- Dr. Simon Hill from Combat Hospital. In the middle of Afghanistan on a military base as a civilian, to boot.
- Don Draper in Mad Men is probably the most prominent illustration of this trope nowadays on TV
- this video demonstrates succinctly "How to pick up women like Don Draper"
- Played with (as with pretty much every spy trope) on Chuck. On several occasions Chuck is asked to pretend to be this, even though he's very much not. Outright parodied with Seduction School expert Roan Montgomery (another John Larroquette role). Despite his methods often being played for laughs, they still work.
- One Victim of the Week on Castle was revealed to have had at least a room full of sexual conquests and a ledger of others. It turned out he was a "pick-up artist" who worked with two friends, one of whom admitted he struck out 90% of the time.
- Simeon Lee in the Poirot episode Hercule Poirot's Christmas counts. During the time when he's mining for diamonds in South Africa in the Prolonged Prologue, he kills his mining partner Ebenezer and escapes into the desert. He is rescued by a young girl named Stella, and the two begin falling for and making out with each other. However, he has more important things to attend to, and so he deserts her without her knowing it, leaving her in despair. However, he (and the audience in particular) is unaware that he had left her pregnant with his illegitimate son, who would grow up to be Superintendent Harold Sudgen and plot his revenge against Lee for deserting him and his mother for 40 years, until he finally gets the chance when they arrive in England for a Christmas party.
- Lapeño in Fur TV Up to Eleven, he even gets commited in a sex addicts' clinic (and yes, he's a puppet).
- Roan Montgomery on Chuck.
- Jeff Winger is the first and most shameless example, shown to have the most active sex life of the group. In fact, he initially started the study group in order to get into Britta's pants, though it evolved beyond that quickly. In a season 5 episode it's mentioned that he keeps trophies of his conquests, which everyone else finds creepy.
- Pierce Hawthorne, being just an older and racist Jeff, has displayed this on several occasions. He often tells stories about his past sexual exploits with little to no prompting, and it's implied that he really is as successful as he claims. At one point he seduces a teacher with no difficulty whatsoever in order to save the class from a test that no one was prepared for.
- Abed Nadir, surprisingly. While he's a shameless nerd with an Ambiguous Disorder, his analytical abilities allow him to identify a girl's fantasy man, and then his knowledge of tropes and archetypes allows him to play that role perfectly. One episode has the study group trying to get him a girlfriend, only for him to reveal at the end that he can easily get a girl when he wants one, even if he normally doesn't care.
- The Outer Limits (1995): In "Flower Child", Chris' best friend Allan Montesi frequently teases him about his engagement to Mia as he regards marriage as being tantamount to a death sentence. He claims that he will never get married as he enjoys playing the field too much. However, Allan later admits to Chris that it is all an act and that he would a stable, monogamous relationship but he keeps Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places.
- On the backglass art for Eight Ball, even as "the Fonz" playing pool with his girl, a waitress in the background is hungrily eyeing him.
- When Larry Dallas isn't giving a little extra support to one of "The Scene" wrestlers he "sponsors", he's surrounded by women, and rarely the same ones twice.
- During the late 1980s, "Ravishing" Rick Rude and his gimmick of kissing a completely hot babe in the ring that he would choose from the crowd after winning one of his squash matches. (These were always a local girl hired before the show, but planted in the audience to give the impression Rude was picking them out at random.) This was used to push Rude's character as a "ladies' man" and Chick Magnet (although in reality, he had just gotten married).
- The male vampires of the Daeva clan from Vampire: The Requiem fits, the evil version, to a T.
- Ma Ha Suchi from Exalted was one of these in the First Age. Every character in Exalted has a guiding Motivation. His was, "Sleep with every Celestial Exalted in Creation." It didn't hurt that he was ridiculously Bishōnen. Then the Wyld happened to him...
- One of the major traits of Elminster Aumar of Shadowdale, the great archwizard from the Forgotten Realms setting, is that he'll flirt and/or sleep with just about anything that has two X chromosomes and isn't related to him. Just in his own novel series he's bedded humans, elves, a lich, several avatars of a goddess, and a song dragon in human form (and he sired a daughter with that one). The only thing keeping him out of Extreme Omnisexual is that he's straight.
- "Casanova" by Roxy Music. Despite the fact the song is critical of its titular subject, Bryan Ferry styled himself as one in real life.
- "Cowboy Casanova," by Carrie Underwood:
He's a good time, a cowboy casanova leaning up against the record machine,
Looks like a cool drink of water but he's candy-coated misery.
He's a devil in disguise, a snake with blue eyes and he only comes out at night,
Gives you feelings that you don't wanna fight, you better run for your life.
- Supertramp's Lover Boy
- Selena Gomez Outlaw:
- Never stay very long anywhere
As the next girl you leave gets smaller
In you rear-view mirror
- "Hot Girls in Love" by Loverboy is a Rare Female Example:
Too many men to please
She counts them all on her Rosary
You know, you might get burned
She gets it when she can
I don't need no anniversary
And she deserves the best, yeah
A cut above the rest
- "This Woman" by K.T. Oslin is also about a female version of this and she's telling a guy that she's a playgirl who isn't into long-term monogamous relationships:
- Right now I'm in love with you baby
This woman don't think you can do no wrong
But I only think it's fair to warn youThis woman don't stay in love for long
This woman, this woman's gonna party
- "I Loved 'Em Every One," a No. 1 country and top 40 pop hit by T.G. Sheppard. The cover of the album where the song came from even plays upon the song's main theme: the mysterious stranger who bounds into a number of young women's lives for what's ultimately (each time) one-night stands, and boasting of his conquests:
- Big or little or short or tall
Wish I'd have kept them all
Oh, I loved 'em every one
I'd like to thank them for their charms
Holding me in their arms
And I hope they had some fun
- "The Wanderer," originally a No. 2 pop hit for Dion in 1962, and remade in 1988 by country music superstar Eddie Rabbitt (in a rockabilly style that was reminiscent of early 1960s rock and roll). This is another of the "mysterious stranger" type casanovas, wherein a handsome, young man romances all the desirable young women in town and he boasts of the girls that he's met and loved on ("There's Jo on my left, and Mary on my right/Janie is the girl that I'll be with tonight").
- Cheryl Ladd's "Just Another Lover Tonight" has a female pick up artist.
- "Heard It In A Love Song" by the Marshall Tucker Band.
- "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me" by Mac Davis.
- "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That" by Dolly Parton.
- "Living After Midnight" by Judas Priest.
- The Catalogue Aria in Don Giovanni enumerates the affairs of the main character.
- In Italy, six hundred and forty;
In Germany, two hundred and thirty-one;
A hundred in France; in Turkey, ninety-one;
But in Spain already one thousand and three.
- Older Than Feudalism: Zeus, king of the Greek pantheon, is depicted this way in Classical Mythology. They had very different values from modern Westerners, but note that in actual Greek religion, he wasn't viewed as this. Of course, this may have had to do with him being the King of Gods and having the power that implies.
- Odin in Norse Mythology has many lovers. He is married to Frigg, but he's also lover of Freya and several giants. Nevertheless it is possible that this trait was exaggerated due to influence from the Romans or from Christian scribes who didn't mind accuracy when transcribing second-hand information about Pagan deities.
- Don Juan was the subject of Mozart's opera Don Giovanni (of which we see an excerpt, and a vaudeville parody, in Amadeus). As an interesting historical sidenote, both Mozart and his librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, knew Giacomo Casanova personally, and it seems that Casanova gave Da Ponte and Mozart some advice on writing the character of Don Giovanni (among other things, he is said to have come up with the numbers Leporello quotes in "Madamina, il catalogo è questo").note
- The Duke of Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto certainly qualifies, and is a Karma Houdini to boot. He doesn't even acknowledge Gilda's feelings for him and doesn't feel any remorse for deflowering her.
- Count Almaviva, originally a good person in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, has turned into a womanizer and a casanova who ignores his wife Rosina (whom he wanted to marry in The Barber of Seville) so he can make advances towards Figaro's fiancée Susanna in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. He even finds ways to delay Figaro and Susanna's wedding to keep on seducing her! However, Susanna finds his advances unwelcome, making him more of a Casanova Wannabe.
- Wagner's Tannhäuser has Heinrich der Schreiber, an arrogant Minnesinger whom Princess Elisabeth is in love with and ultimately dies for. Heinrich never even acknowledges her, as he is busy engaging in debauchery with a Pagan goddess.
- Ben, the family Black Sheep from Icebound.
Sadie: Always walks up to everything he sees in petticoats.
- In Spring Awakening, handsome, creepy, and arrogant Hanschen Rilow is mostly played for laughs, though it's a little sad when he seduces his classmate Ernst. The scene they share is tragically unbalanced, given all the power Hanschen has over Ernst:
Ernst: I love you, Hanscen, as I have never loved anyone.
Hanschen: And so you should.
- Even older than the original Casanova was the character Don Juan, whose first recorded appearance was in the 17th century Spanish play The Trickster of Seville and the Stone Guest.
- In psychology, a person who displays a need to dominate and have multiple sexual relationships with woman is said to have Don Juanism.
- Into the Woods has an amazing parody of this in the songs 'Agony' and the reprise by the two princes.
- Willmore from The Rover by Aphra Behn is definitely this,his name literally means 'Wills for more sex',and he comes complete with Karma Houdini
- Aldolpho from The Drowsy Chaperone. He is the King of Romance, so he kisses a lot.
"Dear Van De Graff bride, I must make love to you, and transport you to the place of ecstacy. Sooner is better than later. Signed, Aldolpho."
- Alexander in The New Moon is normally followed around by adoring Chorus Girls until he gets married to Julie in the second act.
Am I to blame
If women prize
My manly frame,
My sexy eyes?
- Panther Caruso from Star Fox relentlessly pursues Krystal, and is described more than once by Nintendo as being a self-proclaimed ladies' man. He never really gets anywhere with Krystal (who shares a mutual affection with Fox McCloud), whom tends to either ignore, humour or outright reject his advances in Assault and their cameo appearances in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Interestingly when he does succeed in certain paths of Command, he is depicted as genuinely devoted to her.
- Gannayev of Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer regularly abuses his Spirit Shaman powers for the sake of jumping into the fantasies of innocent young farmgirls and having hot dream-sex, although most of his exploits occurred prior to the plot.
- Goto, from Mana-Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy, is seen going on dates with various students in groups (as well as some one on one time with the Chairman). When the main cast doubt his claims of natural desirability they take a school-wide poll, only to find out that 100% of the girls want him as well as 1/3 of the guys, and the only reason the members of Ulrika's workshop aren't effected is he's purposefully toning down his charm around them. Then things get a bit complicated when the son of one of his old flings shows up looking for revenge...
- To some extent, the protagonists in Persona 3 and Persona 4 can be this, depending on the player's decisions. If you're dating more than one girl and they discover what's happening, chances are you'll have to deal with some VERY pissed off girls and generally put the situation right. This is less so in Persona 4 where you won't be penalized as much,note but you can still date/flirt with nearly every girl in the game (except for Hanako and Nanako, thankfully), AND you even get called an emotional heartbreaker during the cross-dressing pageant:
MC/Presenter: "She" has made more girls cry than there are stars in the sky! Presenting our transfer student who's been breaking hearts in the second year Class 2, character name!
- Persona 5 is a lot less forgiving about dating more than one girl. Oh sure, you can have a romance with every single datable girl in the game at once, but they'll inevitably find out on Valentine's Day and respond by leaving you black and blue on the floor.
- Assassin's Creed II has beat-up missions, which usually revolve around a woman looking for a random dude to beat up their cheating bastard husband. Hilarity Ensues when they are caught with their lovers, then beaten the shit out of.
- Plus Ezio himself, who gets compliments from every woman in Italy.
- In the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC for Mass Effect 2, The Illusive Man is revealed to have slept with six Playboy-caliber women in the past week. One of them came back for seconds. But then again, so did the Asari matriarch.
- Zelos Wilder from Tales of Symphonia. Yeah he doesn't get anywhere with Tsundere Sheena, but any other woman in the game he addresses IMMEDIATELY fawns over him.
- At the beginning of The Sims 2, Don Lothario is engaged to Cassandra Goth, despite having a total of four lovers simultaneously.
- Any Romance Sim, for that matter.
- Diablo: The second game indicates that Deckard Cain was this in his youth. He says about Anya being like some Zakarum priestesses he had known. He also says that they did not have to take vows of chastity. Do the math.
- In Pretentious Game 3, the gray square is a womanizer who's been with several women. He marries the light pink square, and then cheats on her with the bright pink square.
- Amnesia: Memories
- Spade World boyfriend Ikki has tons of women falling for him because of his eyes, and has had several relationships in the past, none of which have lasted longer than three months. His route reveals that this is a timelimit he has set himself because he believed most women that only loved him because of his eyes lost interest in him by then. He's also not the type of relentless playboy most people label him as, since he's looking for a meaningful, and longlasting relationship. Obviously, his route involves him finding true love with the heroine.
- According to his only on-screen appearance in Spade World, the heroine's father used to be one in his youth. He was dating multiple women, often leaving his daughter at home alone. He has been married four times, though his words show that he's stopped his casanova ways as he got older. His own past is why he's against his daughter having a relationship with Ikki.
- Makoto from School Days is flanderized into this about halfway into the story in the anime, and the visual novel allows you to decide whether you want him to go down that road. In the anime's ending and one of the game's bad endings, this comes back to bite him in the ass when he is murdered by one of his spurned lovers.
- Really, the anime version acts a deconstruction of the more malicious version of this trope: Makoto is skilled at bedding women almost to the point of straining credibility enough to push him into Kavorka Man territory considering his (not outstanding) looks and Jerk Ass attitude, but this shouldn't obscure the fact that when it comes to anything deeper and more lasting than this, Makoto is an absolute idiot who doesn't understand the female heart at all, and indeed only turns to his life of serial affairs because he was too impatient and thick-headed to win the heart of the girl he had a crush on in the first place.
- Itsuki in SHUFFLE! and Tick Tack'' is pretty much always seen failing when he flirts with girls, but he's actually pretty popular. He has no known true relationships and it's hinted that he's actually in love with his friend Mayumi.
- Leni and Seizh of Under the Moon are twin kings of their high school; since they're actually devils with intense magical powers they can get away with anything. Including nailing any girl in school that strikes their fancy. Both boys have instant fan clubs of schoolgirls that they pick conquests from.
- In Viktor's character trailer from True Tail, Viktor was laying a sofa with 4 different women swooning over him.
- Magick Chicks: Faith is a female womanizer, who has an established reputation for seducing half the student body at Artemis. And the girls are all eager to be her next conquest. But the one who has her heart, is the one girl she seemingly can't have: Tiffany... until the writers changed their minds.
- Joe Rosenthal in It's Walky! takes this to the point of practically being another super-power: he managed to have sex with an astonishing 2030+ women before settling down with Rachel. This is all the more astonishing given his somewhat kavorka-ish horndog attitude: one time, he set out intentionally to sleep with 30 women in one day (to 'get the gay off of me' after having his head shoved in Walky's crotch in an attempt to obscure his face), and succeeded.
- While he stands out, he is hardly the only Abductee who is highly successful in bed, either - which is rather ominous given that the Aliens and Linda Walkerton apparently meant to breed the Abductees to make the next generation of their Super Soldier army.
- El Chupecabre ("Chuy") from Girly is irresistably attractive to women. He took this as his calling and left a string of naked, immensely-satisfied women in his wake until Winter and Otra helped him to mend his ways.
- Rayne Summers of Least I Could Do even down to the extreme callousness. He's getting better, though.
- Zach, of Girls with Slingshots is a positive version. Sure, he's slept with hundreds of women, but he sees it as a community service thing. He gives virgins a good first time and helps service the elderly to make them feel loved again.
- Tip Wilkin from Skin Horse. The other characters refer to it as his "superpower". Even more remarkable because he likes wearing women's clothing in public. Borders on a Kavorka Man, in fact, despite being utterly charming- his success record is just too supernatural.
"I'm also sure she's slept with Agent Wilkin, but that's true of anything with two X chromosomes that comes within 500 feet of Agent Wilkin."
- When Tip was turned into a wolf in one story arc, all the genetically engineered battledogs who were female were suddenly drastically attracted to him.
- Ian, of What Birds Know, is the town Casanova, making bets with his friends about how quickly he can date and bed girls. He's also oblivious to the crush his sister's friend Elia has on him.
- Sven of Questionable Content, at least until his fling with Faye.
- Ménage à 3 is a Sex Comedy in which people actually have sex, so several members of the cast at least tend towards manifesting this trope. Two notable examples:
- Zii sometimes seems to have a borderline superpower, allowing her to seduce women who previously seemed straight — though this power eventually becomes a little patchy as her personal story becomes a little more complicated (just starting with her inability to seduce the insanely desirable DiDi). Zii has also slept with a lot of men, but it's not exactly difficult for her to do that.
- Matt is a highly successful bisexual seducer with frequently shaky ethics, although he's basically a Chivalrous Pervert aside from his inability to stay faithful to anyone.
- Thomas the bard from Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic is such a master at the game of love that he can have any woman he wants, even one who wants to clobber him. Take this comic for example, in which he demonstrates his prowess to Clover the halfling. He tips a waitress by flicking a coin into her cleavage, causing it to fall through the bottom of her dress and roll away. As she bends down to pick it up he smacks her on the rear. She understandably prepares to kick his ass, but he whispers something in her ear that has her making out with him immediately afterward. All Clover can say after witnessing this is "Wow... you're good."
- Nolan from Regular Guy: Women seem to find his beard irresistible, and he had his "thingy" declared a work of art. He's pretty modest about it, though.
- Ted from Greg, is constantly the target of women's scorned hatred. While he is not avoiding ex-lovers, he is seeking out new women to love and leave.
- Koon Eduan from Tower of God, father of Koon Aguero Agnis, has slept with so many women that he has the second largest amount of children in the whole Tower. There are so many, that in order to stop family feuds and succession wars, he has them perform in blood sports to establish a hierarchy.
- Jean's ex-boyfriend Slick in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! The only reason he becomes fixated on her is that she had the audacity to dump him.
- Don Sebastiano, at the Super Hero School Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe. The Don (as he is also known) is a major campus supervillain, and enjoys romancing women. Once he's gotten what he's after he likes to dump them with as much public humiliation as he can arrange. He seems to enjoy the 'hurting them' part more than the 'boinking them' part, which makes this more like a Kavorka Man activity.
- Outside of Whateley Academy itself, the best known example is Captain Courage, often called 'Captain Condom' for his apparent inability to use one (he had been the subject of hundreds of paternity suits over the brief span of his superheroic career, and supposedly fled the country to avoid being impoverished by child support payments).
- Hugh Griffin, president of the *USA in Decades of Darkness. As the author writes, his wife knows when to look away.
- Jake from the Booty Call set of Flash games.
- Shadow Hawk from Epic Tales.
- Dustin Royal from Survival of the Fittest Version four. That is all.
- Zander, an Original Character from Nepeta Quest 2011, has quite the charm with the female trolls.
- Ask That Guy with the Glasses might be a Nightmare Fetishist rapist, but he's managed to get a lot of consensual male and female tail too.
- Spooning with Spoony. It's canon.
- Lorrenzo, one of Matt Santoro's clones. He frequently "gets some bitches", and is implied to sleep with them.
- Oglaf has Mistertique, whose mastery of "the masculine mystique" makes him irresistible to women. He spends all of his time alternately seducing and confusing women, but usually doesn't sleep with them as it would "ruin the mystery." He's a bit of a troll.
- Boomhauer from King of the Hill. Despite the fact that most of his conquests don't seem to mind, he gets a cruel comeuppance when the tables are turned on him: the one woman who he does fall in love with turns out to not even be able to get his name right, and tells him, to his face, in the arms of another man, while he's on his knees after proposing to her, that whenever he talks, she just nods and smiles until his pants come off. Ouch.
- Mayor Joe Quimby from The Simpsons, who is an exaggerated, evil-mirror-universe parody of John F. Kennedy.
- Glenn Quagmire from Family Guy. He is a step forward from being just a regular Casanova - he is a pervert, victimizer, and a rapist as well.
- Mime from Happy Tree Friends, as seen in the episode "Easy Comb, Easy Go"
- Bender from Futurama, although he usually goes after hookerbots, and does fall in love occasionally.
- Juandissimo Magnifico on The Fairly Oddparents, who has every female fairy swooning over him (except Wanda, his TRUE and ONLY LOVE INTEREST).
- Prince Naveen (of Maldonia!) from The Princess and the Frog is like this at first.
- TCFM on Jimmy Two-Shoes. His introductory scene has a three bodied Miseryvillian walk out of his home, the implications clear.
- Tahno from The Legend of Korra qualifies. When he first appears, he has his arms around two women. He then proceeds to hit on Korra by offering her some private lessons.
- Fancy-Fancy from Top Cat.
- Peter from The Real Ghostbusters as his movie counterpart, although the series does mock sometimes his flintiness turning his advances in failures.
- Anthony Quinn. Three marriages, ten legitimate children, three acknowledged illegitimate children, and a string of acknowledged and confirmed sexual conquests stretching across four continents.
- Errol Flynn. He was such an accomplished and charming seducer that when he got into legal trouble in the early 1940's about having an affair with a teenager, he not only charmed the mostly-female jury into acquitting him, but ended up marrying the L.A. country sheriff's daughter, who was running a concession stand in the courthouse during the trial. The slang expression "in like Flynn" reportedly was coined as a result of that particular scandal. (This can also rate as an expression of Values Dissonance, in that Flynn would probably have had his career wrecked today, charm or no charm.)
David Niven, in one of his autobiographies, recounts a practical joke he and a couple of Flynn's other buddies once pulled. They hired a beautiful young prostitute to play the role of an innocent teenager. Just as Flynn was about to consummate his seduction of the girl, another sexy streetwalker, playing the girl's aunt, walked in. Much Hilarity Ensued as the other woman roundly scolded both Flynn and the girl and ordered her "niece" out of the room. When the girl had left, the older woman asked Flynn, "Do you know why I did that?" Errol said no, and the woman said, "Well, Mr. Flynn, it's because...I wanted some of that myself!!" and jumped him.
- Screamin' Jay Hawkins estimated he had about 57 children by different women — and the number could have in fact been as high as 75 (!!!).
- Gene Simmons of KISS fame, who has the pictures to prove it. Though his claims are still probably exaggerated. In fact, one is well-advised to take some of his wilder claims with a grain of salt, since he's been "happily unmarried" to former Playboy playmate Shannon Tweed for over 2 decades and has had two children with her. Then again, his reputation certainly doesn't seem to bother her all that much...
- Wilt Chamberlain famously claimed to have slept with "20,000 women" in his autobiography. This, however, is all but disbelieved by anyone with a brain. Dennis Rodman, no paragon of monogamy himself, wrote: "Wilt Chamberlain lied out of his ass and made some money. He said he slept with 20,000 women. Think about it. That's three or four women a day every day for fifteen to twenty years. I defy anyone to keep up that kind of pace." Cracked's calculations are a little different, but no less unlikely.
- Hugh Hefner. Interestingly, despite his reputation, he was a late bloomer, and did not lose his virginity until he was 22 years old.
- Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers is infamous for this; in his book Scar Tissue, it appears he is with a different girl in every chapter or so. However, he averts this trope somewhat in that he only has one child who was born fairly recently.
- Bryan Ferry likes to cultivate this image both in his music and in real life. He has regularly been in relationships with women considerably younger than him (in one case, 35 Years younger). He was however happily married for 21 years (from 1982 to 2003) and had several children; ironically, his wife wanted the divorce because she was having an affair herself.
- Warren Beatty, legendarily and to the point of being a comedy punchline, until he got married.
- John F. Kennedy. He did famously joke, though, that if he'd slept with all the women he was rumored to have gone to bed with, he'd be in a jar at Harvard. His spinal injury later in his life made all strong movements including sex very painful. (This is one instance where he did need his oft-quoted willpower — or rather, the steroids he self-medicated with. His 'injury' was actually Addison's Disease).
- Benito Mussolini had been a renowned womanizer ever since his teenage years, and during his reign he had at some time 14 different mistresses. When confronted by his official mistress Clara Petacci on his relationship with a previous lover, he just replied "After 17 years with her, there was no pleasure anymore, it was like doing it with my wife." He had five kids with the said wife.
- Porfirio Rubirosa.
- There is a story that during World War II, Stalin received a report about the affairs of one of the military commanders (usually stated to be Rokossovsky), and was asked "What shall we do"? His answer? "We shall envy"! Stalin himself was a womaniser, at least in his younger years. Which probably explains his attitude.
- Clint Eastwood. Seriously, just look at his entry on The Other Wiki. To quote: Eastwood told biographer Richard Schickel that he lost his virginity at age 14. He has fathered at least seven children by five different women and been described as a "serial womanizer". According to biographers Marc Eliot and Patrick Mc Gilligan, Eastwood always had a strong sexual appetite and had many affairs with women through the years, including actresses Catherine Deneuve, Jean Seberg, Peggy Lipton, Kay Lenz, Jamie Rose, Inger Stevens, Jo Ann Harris, Jane Brolin, Jill Banner, script analyst Megan Rose, and swimming champion Anita Lhoest. Biographers claim he has also fathered at least four children that have been aborted, and another who was given up for adoption in 1953. Biographers and friend Paul Lippman have claimed that Eastwood was particularly sexually active and promiscuous in the 1970s and that he used his apartment close to the Hog's Breath Inn which he purchased in Carmel in the early 1970s to meet young ladies for "nooners" and "five in the afternooners". According to Lippman, "Eastwood seemed to get a bang out of this kinkier side to himself and rarely concealed it, often gloated about it".
- Neil Strauss wrote a book about it. See Literature.
- Justin Timberlake was certainly something of a Casanova, dating Fergie, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Alyssa Milano, Emma Bunton, and Cameron Diaz before dating and marrying Jessica Biel.
- Chico Marx was known by his friends (and fellow Marx brothers) for his uncanny ability to attract women. According to one anecdote, he could wink at a lady in the car next to him at a red light, and within ten minutes they'd be in a hotel room together. (In fact, his name is actually pronounced "Chick-o", due to the fact that he was a "chick-chaser"). Doubles as a Kavorka Man; he wasn't conventionally good-looking, but rather intelligent, witty, and charming. His brother Gummo flatly stated that Chico's favorite people were "actors that gambled, producers that gambled, and women that screwed." William Jessel also stated, "Chico didn't close his fly until he was 70."
- Cao Cao could count as this. 25 sons from different women, and unknown numbers of daughters. No less than 14 wives (or concubines).
- Benjamin Franklin was a notorious womanizer throughout his life. As a young man, he was smart, handsome, charming, and buff (printers back then carried large cases of heavy lead type all the time, plus Franklin was fond of swimming), which naturally made him a hit with the ladies (to the point that he identified it as his biggest vice); after he opened his print shop, he could add "successful" to that list. As an older man, he was rich and famous, which helped him keep the ladies even as his looks went away and his physique turned from chiseled to double-chinned.note At one point in his career, he had every venereal disease known to medicine. His skill at seduction — both literal and figurative — probably helped France (more) quickly establish the alliance she desired with the fledgling US during the American Revolution.
- If Real Life was fiction, than Prince Felix zu Schwarzenberg would be a very dark take on this trope, possibly verging on deconstruction. A major ladies' man in his younger days, Felix slept, drugged, and drank his way across every major court in Europe, and scored with some of the most sought after women of the period. And by the time he was forty, he was so burned out that people who knew him said that there was nothing left, save cold, icy ambition (for his country, not himself). Becoming Foreign Minister of Austria in 1848, Felix served as advisor and mentor to Emperor Franz-Josef advocating a pragmatic, cynical foreign policy based on what was best for Austria. When asked if Franz-Josef should show mercy to the rebels of 1848, Felix responded that "Mercy is a fine quality, but first, we must have some hangings." He later stated that Austria would "shock the world by the depth of its ingratitude." He died prematurely in 1852 of a stroke, mourned in Austria and hated everywhere else. In London, his duplicity and his womanising actually earned him the nickname "The Prince of Cadland." Felix reportedly got a woman pregnant, than proceeded to end the affair and inform her husband of what had occured, getting her thrown out in the street. The woman in question was well-known for her inability to keep her legs closed (she was in fact famous in the tabloids for sleeping around), but Felix's behaviour was so callous that the press actually sided with her.
- Charlie Sheen, much like his characters.
- Dr. Joseph Goebbels had been a great womanizer ever since his college years, despite being short, ugly and club-footed and lacking both money and social prestige during his youth. One of his early lovers even wrote in her diary "I feel inferior to such an intelligent man". He married the beautiful, elegant and wealthy Magda Quandt, who dropped the millionaire main shareholder of BMW for him and who bore him six children. Whom she later killed, because hey, Those Wacky Nazis.
- Jimmy Stewart was quite the ladies man in his hey day before he settled down. So much so that later in life he actually felt bad that people would give his old friend Henry Fonda a hard time about his multiple failed marriages while no one ever brought up Stewart's own less than saintly track record.
- For many years, Scott Baio (of Charles in Charge fame) had a reputation for being one of Hollywood's biggest womanizers. Some of the women he's been linked with romantically include Pamela Anderson, Erika Eleniak, Julie McCullough, Nicole Eggert, Nicolette Sheridan, Denise Richards, and Heather Locklear. In addition to his romances with some of Hollywood's hottest actresses and models, Baio once received a temporary ban from the Playboy Mansion because he was having sex with too many Playmates - some of whom were romantically linked with Hugh Hefner. In an interview with Howard Stern's radio show, Baio himself estimated that he's had sex with over a thousand women in his life. Baio's days as a womanizer ended in his mid-40s when he married his longtime girlfriend and became a born-again Christian.
- Victor Hugo became this in his later years. He kept a diary written in code which recorded his encounters, which numbered in the hundreds and included women from all walks of life. On his funeral day, most of the brothels of Paris shuttered themselves in mourning for the loss of their best client.
- Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria was said to be this. The Prince of Wales remarked of a nineteen-year-old Rudolf that there was nothing left to teach him about bedroom matters. The man kept color-coded records of his conquests, and gave decorative boxes to women to signal the end of their liaisons. He may have killed himself with his 17-year-old mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera, but it wasn't a Romeo and Juliet case - because before Vetsera, Rudolf had asked his wife (Princess Stéphanie of Belgium) and Mizzi/Mitzi Caspar, another mistress that he was seeing at the same time as he was courting Mary, whether they would be Together in Death with him. Both of them refused.