Follow TV Tropes


Playing With / Twincest

Go To

Basic Trope: A romantic and/or sexual relationship between twins.

  • Straight: Half-Identical Twins Alice and Bob are lovers.
  • Exaggerated: The story takes place in a Deliberate Values Dissonance culture that believes twins to be reincarnated lovers. It's completely accepted—even expected—of twins to fall in love.
  • Downplayed: Alice has a crush on her twin brother Bob. He doesn't like her back.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Their family practices Royal Inbreeding, or they are part of a Breeding Cult. Alice and Bob are supposed to get together—but they refuse.
  • Subverted: Alice and Bob do have some initial chemistry—but luckily Charlie appears, and the real romance between Alice and Charlie starts (a la Star Wars).
  • Double Subverted: It turns out Charlie is their long-lost triplet!
  • Parodied: Quintuplets are in a polygamous marriage.
  • Zig-Zagged: Alice and Bob are twins caught in endless Will They or Won't They?.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: Characters all look like twins.
  • Lampshaded: "How could I not love you? We were together from the beginning, since we came from the same womb."
  • Invoked: An Incest Yay Shipper on Deck plays The Matchmaker for Alice and Bob.
  • Exploited: A Clingy Jealous Girl is pursuing Bob. He alerts her to the fact that his sister Alice is his twincestuous lover to creep her out so she'll leave him alone.
  • Defied:
    • Alice and Bob don't act on their mutual attraction.
    • Alice and Bob have UST, and so other people keep them apart to make sure they don't become lovers.
  • Discussed: "Bob and Alice seem to be awfully intimate with each other, even for twins. Do you think they're like… together?"
  • Conversed: "Beautiful twins in a porno movie. This can only lead to twincest."
  • Implied:
  • Deconstructed :
    • Alice becomes pregnant with Bob, and her child is born heavily deformed due to inbreeding.
    • Everyone around Bob and Alice are repulsed by their relationship and they meet with constant prejudice and discrimination.
  • Reconstructed :
    • Bob and Alice decide they don't want children at all.
    • Alice and Bob adopt a child.
    • It isn't impossible for Alice and Bob to have healthy biological children, merely meaning they have to be more careful to prevent their negative recessive genes from becoming expressed.
    • The twins in question are identical twins, and thereby the same sex—getting each other pregnant isn't even possible.
    • To escape scrutiny, Bob and Alice run away and start a new life under fake identities, and pretend they're just Lookalike Lovers.
  • Played For Laughs:
  • Played For Drama: Alice and Bob, already doing most things together, primarily become an incestuous couple not because of romantic love—but because nobody considered the consequences of deliberately making them extremely bonded. Thus one of the things they angst about the most is how their relationship only exists because of how played up their twin status was.

I mean, you could go back to Twincest, but it's like the twin page of this page! That's so wrong!

Example of: