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Basic Trope: Something innocuous is deliberately treated as porn.

  • Straight: Bob is seen drooling over (and possibly masturbating to) a lingerie catalog that came in the mail.
  • Exaggerated: Bob masturbates to a catalog containing only modest dresses on dressmakers' dummies.
  • Downplayed:
    • When he comes upon or is shown a lingerie catalog, Bob raises an eyebrow, but then goes on with what he was doing.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Bob watches a porn movie as though it were a regular movie, for the plot, or actually does look at a nudie magazine "for the articles."
    • Bob is using porn for innocent reasons, namely as a source of cheap artistic references.
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  • Subverted: Bob looks through the lingerie catalogue, with the intention of finding something to order for Alice to wear for him.
  • Double Subverted: The thought of Alice wearing one of the lingerie sets, or at least of Alice's head on a model's body gives Bob a Raging Stiffie and the urge to go remedy it.
  • Parodied:
    Bob: *reading a magazine about pie* Ohh...they're showing the filling now! Can they do that?
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Bob masturbates to the lingerie catalog, other times to actual porn.
  • Averted: Bob isn't shown masturbating. Or if he does, the lingerie catalog is not involved.
  • Enforced:
    • Rule of Funny
    • Bob having a fetish is a surprisingly important plot point, but the executives did not want him to look at actual porn since it would damage the show's ratings, so they use this trope as a compromise.
  • Lampshaded: "Now if you'll excuse me, there are some Victoria's Secret models on my coffee table that need ogling!"
  • Invoked:
    • Bob is lonely and Hollywood Dateless and receives a lingerie catalogue in the mail, and the girl on the cover is a real turn-on for him.
    • Bob's internet service provider has made it clear that they occasionally investigate their clients' browsing habits, ostensibly for security reasons. As a result, Bob deliberately starts looking for this kind of material when in the mood so they won't chastisise him for using their services for looking at adult material.
  • Exploited:
    • A doctor who needs a sperm sample from his/her patients keeps these in the back room so it's easier to... gather specimens.
    • Alice does not tell Bob that she knows about the stash, but uses its contents to spice up their bedroom life (for instance, checking out lingerie that's close enough to what she found in the magazines).
  • Defied: Bob is not interested, or at least doesn't want to upset Alice, so he throws the catalogue in the trash.
  • Discussed:
    Bob: "You know, a lot of things can be used as porn that don't seem like porn at first glance."
  • Conversed: "I'm starting to wonder if Bob is meant to be a Take That! at people who create Rule 34."
  • Implied: When going through the basement of Bob's childhood home Alice comes across boxes of International Geographic magazines. When asked Bob replies "Yeah, I was really into that when I was a kid."
  • Deconstructed: Might get Bob in trouble or shamed since it's not a socially-acceptable pastime. Also, Alice might get jealous, or worry about the example he's setting for their son.
  • Reconstructed: Bob is discreet, whatever images he ogles, and doesn't use them as a substitute for Alice.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: For whatever reason, Bob is deeply ashamed of how easy it is for him to take everything in a sexual context, and is also a good actor in-universe. Naturally his Porn Stash will be far more prude than himself and serve as a Chekhov's Gun for the reveal that he is in fact not asexual, as he has convinced people that he is.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob's Porn Stash is composed of some seriously strange magazines, such as guns magazines. There is not a single picture of a girl (nor guy) in them, yet Alice reacts to the pictures as if she had just seen her grandmother dearest in a Primal Scene.
  • Played For Drama: Alice gets jealous and upset, and threatens to leave.
  • Played For Horror: While the stash looks like it is composed of typical magazines on the outside, it also contains images of a brutal murder scene where the victim just happened to be in lingerie.

Back to Poor Man's Porn- wait, why are you looking at the page like that?
... On second thought, I don't want to know what you do when you're on there...

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