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Basic Trope: A character's crankiness, uptightness and/or quirkiness is believed to be linked to their non-existent sex life.

  • Straight: Steve is an unfriendly, anal, frustrated guy. His friends and co-workers tell him to get some.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Everyone in the show is incapable of getting some and repeatedly tell one another that they need some.
    • Every time Steve shows a tiny bit of irritation, he's bombarded with comments telling him to get some.
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  • Downplayed: Some of Steve's friends suggest that maybe being celibate is starting to take its toll on him and that maybe, just maybe, considering the dating scene wouldn't be such a bad idea in the end.
  • Justified: Anything Steve says or do has really obvious sexual undertones.
  • Inverted: Steve is a sex addict who is always looking for new pussy. He gets so indiscriminate in his search for sex that his entourage suggests that maybe he could use a little chastity and restraint before siring too many unwanted kids.
  • Subverted: Steve doesn't need "sex". He just needs physical exercise.
  • Double Subverted: But, as it turns out, exercise is not enough. He does need sex as well.
  • Parodied: Everyone in the show tells Steve he needs to get laid, even if he just casually walks by them.
  • Zig Zagged: Depending on the Writer, Steve's problems may or may not stem from lack of sex.
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  • Averted: Nobody ever brings up Steve's sex life.
  • Enforced: The writer believes Sex Is Good, and uses the story as a mouthpiece for that.
  • Lampshaded: "You really think sex is gonna fix my problems?" "Not all of them but that would at least solve one."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: "Don't tell me to get laid unless you volunteer."
  • Defied: Despite everyone insisting that he needs a sex life, Steve fixes his behavior on his own and it turns out he didn't need any sex after all.
  • Discussed: "Why does everyone thinks Steve needs sex?" "Don't tell me you've never noticed how aggressive and argumentative sexually frustrated men are compared to the ones with a satisfactory sex life..."
  • Conversed: "It's true that some people's cranky/uptight nature is due to repressed sexual urges but assuming that good sex will fix all their problems is a quite gross oversimplification."
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  • Implied: Steve is told he needs "a little...something" with some Double Entendre, but it is not certain they were talking about sex.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Steve does get a girlfriend, but it ends up making him go to the other extreme where he's too laid-back for his own good.
    • Sex isn't an answer to everything, much less an answer for attitude problems. Not only does Steve remained unchanged, but his awful attitude chases away the girl his friends set him up with.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Drama: Steve is Asexual in an environment where Everyone Has Lots of Sex. Peer pressure ensues, serving to further depress and alienate Steve.

You Need to Get Laid, dude. Sure! I'll start with you!


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