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Sexyman Tropes/Archetypes:

  • 4th Wall Blurring: "Teasing" the 4th wall so to speak, sexymen who are implied to have some amount of insight into/control over the workings of their reality even if not full awareness of their own fictional nature. It is extremely rare for a sexyman to fully, directly, and intentionally with full awareness break the 4th wall outright, but it is very common for them to do things that blur the lines and make it unclear how connected the story world is with reality. This also applies to sexymen who blur the lines unintentionally due to something about their inherent nature or what they represent on a meta level, such as Gaster being a meta deconstruction of the concept of a dummied out beta character.
  • Angst: EXTREME amounts of sadness.
  • Bait: Some sexymen emerge organically. Others are created by design. The creators of these characters are aware of this phenomenon, and deliberately design characters to be picked up by sexyman culture.
  • Burton: Characters with that creepy Tim-Burton-esque style to them.
  • Capitalist: Characters who are businessmen, CEOs, or have other ties to capitalism. Typically amoral and willing to disregard others for the sake of their own profit.
  • Chaoslord: Characters who are strongly associated with themes of chaos, are nearly always trolls, and almost certainly rely heavily on lolrandomXD style humor. Usually supernatural in nature. A very common trope to find in Dominating and Stabbymurder characters. Prime example: Discord from MLP.
  • Clown: Characters that are clowns or have a clown aesthetic.
  • Detective: What it says on the tin. Men who solve mysteries, while sometimes being mysterious themselves.
  • DILF: For when people outgrow the twinks and move on to older men.
    • GILF: For when older men are even older.
  • Distinctive Voice: In many cases sexymen have extremely distinctive vocal performances that are virtually always considered by the fandom to be a major component of their sex appeal.
  • Duality: Think Jekyll and Hyde. Sometimes the character has an existing evil side, sometimes the fans make it happen.
  • Dominating: Characters who assert their power over others. Could be through manipulation, magic, smugness, or force of personality.
  • Eldritch: Sexymen with strong eldritch elements to some facet of their character, whether it's a visible part of their physical bodies or just a general vibe their lore gives off. Since the typical sexyman is a tall mostly human looking pale twink, in a vast majority of the cases the eldritch is a heavy implication lying just under the surface given off by the way they're presented in-story rather than something immediately visible on the character themselves if you taken them out of the context of how they were presented in action. Pairing this in some way or another with Monster Features is so popular that it's practically a requirement.
    • Glitching: A distinct subset of eldritch where the character is associated specifically with corruption of digital media and electronic devices. glitchy screen aesthetics, pixelated flickering, corrupted audio files, games behaving in strange unprogrammed ways, frequent references to hacking and terms like "virtual reality" and "in the game" and "artificial intelligence", ect. originally common in bendrowned style creepypastas but slowly seeped out to become a widely used trope across all forms of fiction.
    • Retro: Some sexymen are heavily associated with "retro" things, such as old 1920s style cartoon animation, radios, and 8-bit arcade games. This is grouped under Eldritch because 100% of the time retro media themed sexymen that are themed after something electronic use the Glitching aesthetics tropes too, and even when it's not something electronic it tends to end up with a distinctly Not Quite Right bend to it.
  • Eye Imagery: Characters who are associated with/frequently portrayed with strange eyes, either in canon or fanon. Glowing eyes, more than two eyes, heterochromia, surrounded by eyes in fan art, etc. Can range anywhere from "this character's entire identity is pictures of eyes everywhere" to merely "a particularly piercing gaze or striking eye color", the only requirement is that it be something noticeable about them that they just wouldn't quite feel the same without.
  • Fanon Splintering: If you see fan content of a character interacting with alternate versions of the same character like they’re each individuals… it’s this. Specifically refers to treating different fanon/AU versions like they’re individuals. If you’re looking for alternate versions from the work itself, you’re likely looking for Duality.
  • Father Figure: Distinct from Dilf as there is usually a dedicated anti-sexyman following that just wants the character to say “are ya winning son?”
  • Gay: displaying attraction to the same gender in canon, either heavily implied or explicitly
    • Questionable LGBT Rep: A character that embodies a questionable LGBT trope such as predatory gay man/lesbian, gay-coded villain, etc.
  • Glowing Neon: Glowing color elements in canon or popular fanon designs.
  • Intelligence: A common trait of sexymen, whether canonically present or added/accentuated by the fandom, is marked intelligence, especially of the clever calculating manipulative chessmaster kind. especially common in chaoslords and anyone with "well-dressed class British tophat twink" vibes.
  • Johnlocked: When two characters are shipped extensively by fans despite the pairing not being canon (or even present) in the original work.
  • Knifemurder: Characters who like to kill people, usually by stabbing.
  • Mad Scientist: Scientist characters that have no regard for morals or ethics in their scientific experiments. (ex. Victor Frankenstein)
  • Marked Canon/Fanon Divergence: Sexymen with a large gap between how they are in the original work (Canon) and how they are commonly portrayed in fanworks (Fanon)
    • Flanderization: Borrowed from TvTropes, when the fandom takes a single trait in the source material and exaggerates it wildly until it becomes a tumor on that character's personality. For example in the source material the character may mention liking spicy things once, and fanon runs wild with that depicting them being obsessed with all things spicy to the point of literally thinking about nothing else and their whole character revolving exclusively around utter worship for spiciness with their only trait being trying to find spicy things to eat and talking about eating spicy things constantly while all of the fanart shows them in close proximity to at least one hot pepper. This can also result in the canon version of the character being flanderized in future material by the creators in response to the fan's flanderization.
  • Monster Features: Sexymen who have monster features. Fangs, claws, and etc. Canon or fanon.
    • Tongue Imagery: Character is often featured with a visibly prominent and usually slimy tongue, whether canon or added by the fans. Does it make absolutely no sense for them to have a tongue much less one that long and weirdly seductively drawn? Then they'll have a glowing magical ectoplasm tongue.
  • Mysterious: A strong sense of mystery surrounding a character is in many cases the main thing that catapulted them into popularity to begin with. This is more for the character themselves in-universe.
    • Ensemble Darkhorse: Borrowed from TvTropes, a subset of Mysterious in which the mystery around the character comes mainly from the fact that it's blatantly clear from the way the character is canonically presented that literally no one, not even the creators, expected this side character to get so popular. This version is more for mysteriousness on the meta-level due to it's nature as an unexpected cultural reaction to a minor entity.
  • Nonhuman: Where Monster Features describes sexymen with some non-human features, this is primarily for sexymen who are not even humanoid. These sexymen are often humanized by fans, sometimes as a White Twink Humanization
  • Object Head: A character with a human body, but a nonhuman head. (ex: King Dice from Cuphead, Doc Scratch from Homestuck
  • Oncelerization: When a character begins to develop a large amount of alternate universe versions that each differ widely from the source material. A midpoint between Canon/Fanon Divergence and Fanon Splintering.
  • Pale Twink: Skinny young pale dudes. Usually taller than average. Not much facial or body hair. Doesn't have to be white, just pale; this is an archetype of many Japanese anime characters.
  • Power: Characters with significant power. Power is a broad term and can refer to supernatural power, influence, having access to a powerful weapon, etc.
    • All-Powerful: Characters that are all-powerful such as gods or reality warpers
    • One-Winged Angel: When the sexyman canonically has an alternate "powered up" form they use at some point, usually during a boss fight. Does not strictly have to include a visible character design change, only be recognizable as some form of "powered up" or "going all out" state.
  • Purple: Sexymen have a weird tendency to be purple/associated with purple for some reason.
  • Power of Love: The bad boy villain is redeemed through the power of love
  • Skeleton: Being a literal skeleton. Often overlaps with Monster Features
  • Theme Song: Characters that have a song created for them that is associated with them. (not sure how it relates to being sexified, but a lot of big boys like Sans and the Once-ler have this element.) Usually canon but could be popular fan songs
  • Twisted Freaking Cycle Path: Characters that are inaccurate stereotypes of mental illness, typically those that villainize mental illness.
  • Unkempt Man: Characters that look like they rolled out of the garbage can three weeks ago.
    • Grime: Dudes who occasionally end up very sweaty and crusty, but this isn't their default state. If they participate in Knifemurder they probably end up covered in blood a lot, too.
  • Urban Legend Aesthetic: Urban legends, creepypasta, cryptids, the aesthetic for people who got really into Lemon Demon. Fandom loves this stuff and it shows with the characters they drive to sexymanification.
  • Villain:
    • Technically Antagonist: Characters who aren't necessarily evil, or who are only the antagonist under specific conditions (think Sans in the no mercy run).
    • Twist Villain: Not initially presented as an antagonist, but revealed to be one.
  • Well-Dressed:
    • Suitguy: Characters who typically wear formalwear, specifically suits. Often includes waistcoats, top hats, bowties, and pinstripes. Other neckwear may also be worn.
    • Uniform: Sub-archetype of suit/well-dressed- almost like a softer version of it. Lab coats, job-associated uniforms, business casual.
    • Long Coat/Cape/Robe/Etc: Character's outfit is very long and hangs down around their legs, likely obscuring the silhouette of their body and causing a dramatic billowing powerful sort of presence and/or sense of mystery when they walk.
  • White:
    • British: Characters that are British or are voiced with a British accent
    • White Twink Humanization: When a non-human character (skeleton, clock, shape, etc) gets anthropomorphized and turned into a skinny white guy. Often overlaps with suitguy and pale twink.
  • White Hair: Characters that have white or very light-colored hair.

Sexywomanisms:

  • Animal Theming: A strong association or connection to an animal. Pops up in sexymen as well, but is weirdly more common in sexywomen to the point where we had to make this category.
    • Anthro: Literally just being an anthropomorphic animal.
  • Fuck The Joker: Sexywoman equivalent of Johnlocked. Unlike their sexymen counterparts, a few of these ships actually have become canon in various media, with the primary example being Harlivy from DC Comics. There can also be a slight spite factor.
  • Girlboss: If you can ask "did X utilize girl power effectively when they did this egrigious war crime," and the overwhelming response is yes, you have a girlboss. If the response is more split, it's a Vriska Archetype.
  • MILF: Sexywoman equivalent of DILF.
  • Vriska Archetype: A confident, antagonistic character whose extreme actions make them highly divisive among the fanbase.
  • (Vriska)ization: Sexywoman equivalent of Oncelerization.
  • WLW: Sexywoman equivalent of Gay.


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