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Basic Trope: A character has a fetish and/or fascination for something that would Squick or creep most people out.

  • Straight: Bob has a zombie fetish.
  • Exaggerated: Bob has a huge thing for blood and gore, zombies, and mutilation and fantasises about being eaten alive in a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Bob is a necrophile.
    • Bob's just flat-out unhinged.
    • An unfortunate incident involving a corpse traumatized Bob. Rather than becoming pathologically afraid of dead bodies, he's turned it around into an obsession with them.
    • Bob was born and lived his whole life in an Eldritch Location or other realm or location where creepy things are the norm.
    • Bob uses the fascination of dead bodies as a coping mechanism to deal with the large amounts of death he deals with daily as a medical examiner.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob appears to be fascinated by the headless corpse, but it turns out that he is a doctor doing an autopsy.
  • Double Subverted: Bob got a job doing autopsies because he has a thing for dead flesh.
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  • Parodied: Bob is on a team of detectives that specializes in violent crime. At the beginning of every case, Bob rushes straight up to the dead body to perform... "examinations", much to the comical horror of his teammates.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Bob has a zombie fetish, and sometimes he has a normal fetish.
  • Averted: Bob does not have any strange or creepy fetishes.
  • Enforced:
    • "Bob is supposed to be a really creepy character... so why don't we show him getting turned on by chunks of grey and rotting flesh?"
  • Lampshaded:
    • "It seems like Bob is always more interested in examining the bodies than the rest of his team."
    • "What scares you, turns me on."
  • Invoked: Bob's teammates always send him to perform examinations, because he is the only one that does not get squicked out.
  • Exploited:
    • The Big Bad uses Bob's appeal to the creepy things as a way to lead him to a graveyard where he gets eaten by zombies.
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    • When the team are sitting idly around the campfire, they turn to Bob for "entertainment" needs.
  • Defied:
    • Bob is never shown in scenes that involve blood or the undead.
    • The things that allegedly turn Bob on attack him in a fashion so traumatic that he ends up being horrified of them like everybody else.
  • Discussed: "Just you wait- as soon as we reach the murder scene, Bob will be in his element."
  • Conversed: "Is it just me, or does Bob seem a little too interested in that headless corpse?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob is unable to get a girlfriend because of his fetish.
    • His resultant feelings of isolation drive him further into his fascination with the macabre. His fetish is portrayed not as funny or quirky but as a sign of a disturbed mind.
  • Reconstructed: ...But then he meets Alice, who accepts him despite his fetish, and may even share it.
  • Played For Drama: Bob's fetish causes him to be seen as a sick, immoral freak by society. And Bob, tired of being treated like a pariah, kills himself. He now has a fetish for himself.
  • Implied: Bob has several moments of Admiring the Abomination, but it's not clear exactly why.

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