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Basic Trope: A character who couldn't be more hopeless with the ladies.

  • Straight: Bob tries his hardest to get girls, but always fails miserably.
  • Exaggerated: Women run away screaming as soon as Bob opens his mouth.
  • Downplayed: Bob has a few laughable attempts at courting the World's Most Beautiful Woman, but is shown dating a more ordinary woman once in a while.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is really lame and repulsive - would you want to date him?
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    • Bob has No Social Skills.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob finally scores...
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: He's about to score, then screws it up at the last minute. Then Bob rights himself and is in bed with the girl...then Bob screws up again. And so forth.
  • Averted:
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  • Enforced: "So we can't show sex on this show, but we need a guy who really, really wants it so we can still push the envelope!"
  • Lampshaded: "Well, it's another lonely night in."
  • Invoked:
    • His friend Charlie, teaching him how to dress up for a date, gives him a polyester suit and a gold chain, telling him it's the latest style.
    • Bob is intentionally bad with chicks because he's in the closet and wants to look straight without sleeping with them.
  • Exploited: Alice wants to get Veronica to leave the party, so she puts the Casanova Wannabe near her, knowing she'll be so disgusted she'll leave.
  • Defied: He's a charming handsome fellow who gets girls easily.
  • Discussed: "Wow, look at his polyester suit and gold medallion...oh, damn, I made eye contact. Now he's coming this way."
  • Conversed: "When will Bob realize that no one wants to be with him?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • His inability to get a girlfriend, coupled with his intense desire to do so, takes a heavy psychological toll on him and causes him to be unhappy for the rest of his life.
    • His constant attempts at hitting on women end up angering his targets, and results in him getting smacked, or worse, usually by pissing off her boyfriend, husband, overprotective dad and/or brother. Eventually Bob gets beaten up to a pulp, or hit by a restraining order.
  • Reconstructed: Bob finds a girl who actually finds his relative lameness charming, and they hit it off.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • The camera and dramatic music play him up to seem really sexy as Bob approaches a hot girl. But then one of the following happens:
    1. Bob opens his mouth and what he says is ridiculous; horrible pick-up line, stammer, impossibly high voice...
    2. The camera angle/special FX and music shut off, and we see just how tacky his outfit and style is.
    3. Aliceblows him off. The dramatic music crashes to a halt, and we cut away to a humorous metaphor for his crushed ego.

Hey hotcakes, how about you and I go back to Casanova Wannabe and have some fun? ...What do you mean "no"? Why are you laughing?

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