This frequently occurs with characters stuck in a gender - biased population. Even if there's a theoretical pool of candidates off-screen, savvy writers know the audience likely doesn't care.
This arises when writers apply standard romantic tropes to quirkier settings without major modification and without the explicit intent to make a plot point about it.
If the situation developed after the plot is well underway, this may also be Suddenly Sexuality , or at least played as such. Some writers are fully aware of the implication and the fandom it produces and might cater to both sides of the topic, making one character very enthusiastic about the idea, while one is humorously much more hesitant. A common by-product of this trope is the rejection of a newly introduced "common" romantic prospect, not because of a strong pre-existing fanship, but simply that they never reach the popularity of the existing cohort.
In a much darker context, this is often associated with Prison Rape ; in an isolated agrarian setting with Vulgar Humor , the targets of Situational Sexuality often walk on four legs. Though it has a nearby all-boy's school, that's mostly used as a plot device rather than any real threat to the shippers. Marimite's male-oriented demographic twin Strawberry Panic!
And the two lead characters avert the trope entirely: Everyone in Simoun 's world is female until age 17, which makes all teenage romance Schoolgirl Lesbians by default. The two cultures start off unfamiliar with the idea of gender at all, but when encountering each other for the first time, some of the women and all three of the captured men turn out to be straight or at least bi.
Not that they have any idea why they find the " aliens " more attractive than their own kind Saber Marionette J , where the world is all male because the only survivors of the spaceship crash were male, and since not-so-logically everyone is a clone from the DNA of those six, there aren't any women. If they can do cloning, why can't they do X-chromosome duplication? Oddly enough Robot Girls in the series are mostly treated as impressive machines, but Hanagata is the only real obviously gay character.
It is shonen , after all. The manga states outright that lack of women is the reason for most of the homosexual relationships on Terra 2. One storyline in the manga Gohou Drug involves the characters infiltrating an all male boarding school, where almost all the guys are gay simply because there are no girls around. One student even explains this trope directly to the main character.
The Arume in Blue Drop form a race that only consist of women , but they manage to produce offspring with the aid of technology. After conquering the earth they still appear to be mostly interested in the women though. Also happens with Earth's people in the manga, Tenshi no Bokura.
The Arume keep the humans segregated by gender, so the girls grow up lesbian due to Arume Males resort to homosexuality out of necessity, although one of a pair often crossdresses. There is absolutely no appearance or mention of any female in Boys Love anime Sukisho , and the Valentine's Day episode shows many gay couples walking around.
There is no explanation for this, females simply seem to not exist. The lead character's reaction to gayness still goes from absolutely-unbothered to completely-freaked-out and oblivious-to-his-roommate-in-denial.
This is all the more surprising to newcomers to the Shogun's service because the gender ratio outside the Royal Harem is severely skewed in favor of women and the lack of men makes sperm worth its weight in gold, impossible to imagine wasting on coupling that will never produce a child. Meanwhile, many merchant and peasant women lust after male-impersonator kabuki actresses because men that attractive are completely out of their price range, and noblewomen often have lesbian romantic and sexual relationships because their arranged marriages are purely for conceiving female heirs.
Female countries exist and will often get attention or give attention to the male characters, but they're few and far in between. A premise of the entire visual novel; there are practically no women in Toshima anywhere save, except, for Arbitro's "prizes" for Igura participants, although he prioritizes the grooming of male sex slaves over female ones , and the men who are there have just learned to make do.
Women are very scarce on Chimera, and tend to live separately from men. As a result, a lot of otherwise straight men aren't against going for the next best thing read: An example of either this or Bi the Way appears in Black Lagoon , Revy states that she had sex with women in prison, however, her love interest is a guy.
Fans debate whether her interest in women extends outside of prison, since in context she was referencing being with women as a threat to make another woman her bitch for making a pass at said male love interest.
Ai no Kusabi has homosexual relationships being very common because women are rare. Although Shinji's sexuality is never stated, one possibility is that he's straight but too lonely to care that the only person to show him some affection happens to be an Ambiguously Gay boy. Comic Books In Y: The Last Man , a lot of women are with other women as a substitute, but a lot simply go without, as many of them had before the " Gendercide ". There are also some women who make a decent living as escorts who dress up like and pretend to be men for their clients.
Writers of Wonder Woman throw around hints that Themyscira has embraced this sort of mindset: The more juvenile writers, usually the ones who get a chance to briefly play with the character in another title, throw around hints. The main series itself has straightforwardly confirmed it multiple times, though quietly.
Diana does some traditional courtship rituals with her boyfriend Nemesis, he asks how a society of only women has such things. A throwaway line a while ago basically said Queen Hippolyta is in a relationship with General Phillipus, and Word of God confirmed it as well as the fact that they intended to do a storyline where they got married before the editorial axed it.
Buffy, who is surrounded by fellow slayers all women and Xander , hooks up with fellow Slayer Satsu. It is shown as a result of Buffy feeling emotionally isolated not to mention sexually-deprived , so she latches on to Satsu who is genuinely in love with Buffy.
This is similar to her relationship with Spike, where she also chose a unusual partner a soulless corpse in that case who was genuinely in love with her, in order to satisfy her purely physical needs though at least Satsu she liked and respected, while she frequently professed outright disgust and rage at Spike during season six.
Hilariously, it was Satsu who broke off the relationship with Buffy Although, each time they slept together, Buffy kept saying that it was a mistake that should never have happened and it was dangerous for her to get romantically involved with anyone. Buffy also realized that she was starting to have feelings for Xander, who had been a Hopeless Suitor to her in the past.
Unfortunately, he was already dating her younger sister Dawn by that point. Invoked in an issue of Adventures In The Rifle Brigade , where the brigade is captured and held in a Nazi prison camp. The female commandant accuses Captain Darcy who definitely isn't gay and Lieutenant Milk who almost certainly is of being lovers, since they both went to public school.
Darcy dismissively and without a hint of shame replies "Everyone knows it doesn't count if it happens at school". Fan Fic With a setting that includes only two canonical male characters and only one of them is even given a name! That being said, ''Perfect Memento in Strict Sense'' illustrates literally that there are males in the human village. Whether or not any of the youkai girls would be interested although the presence of Rinnosuke would indicate it's possible , the human characters should have their pick of straight options.
Lord of the Flies fanfiction is often subject to this, since there are no female characters The Team Fortress 2 characters are seen and promptly used as such. As best said by Kytri, author of Cuanta Vida , "I think of most of the characters as being straight, you just wouldn't notice since there's no women around for them to be straight with. Desperate Times is just full of this. South Park fanfiction basically has an entire subgenre of the boys aged up in high school to avoid the creepiness of slashing children , where the entire male cast is paired up like Noah's Ark.
It's so prevalent that the series essentially has a "slash canon" in terms of pairings. The Disney Princess one-shot Kindred revolves around the girls staying together in a cabin.
It's apparently normal for princes and princesses to have gender-segregated vacations together in order to prepare to take up the throne when they're older. However, these retreats apparently cause romance between the people, even the married ones. Film Referenced in The Longest Yard There's only two times when that kind of thing's okay: In prison where it's a substitute and guys in space.
Well, not on purpose. They just float into each other. There is evidence that both Jangle Leg and Biscuit in the movie Life are only together due to long prison terms and this trope.
Jangle Leg is shown to be attracted to women when they're around and Biscuit can't bear to go home to his mom "like this", implying that he wasn't always gay and flamboyant. The Decadents in Sexmission don't really have a choice. Once the Pill wears off, their sexual drive returns and there aren't any men around to hook up with. Come to think of it, if they were aware of Max and Albert, they still wouldn't know what to do with them, since there haven't been any men around for generations.
Since they spend all day locked up together, they become friends and eventually lovers. Played with in that one of them is openly and flamboyantly gay. Literature In A Brother's Price , men are very rare. A group of sisters will marry one man together, but premarital sex is had with women, exclusively, if the woman in question is a decent person, as it just wouldn't do to defile someone's precious brother.
There is also the option to go to a "crib" to get pregnant, but this carries the danger of STD, and is avoided if at all possible. While some women might actually be bisexual , it is implied that most would prefer men. There are female prostitutes part of whose job is to pretend to be men - their customers know they aren't, but some apparently like the illusion.
In the Discworld series of books, dwarves embody this through most of the series. Both male and female dwarves wear the same clothes, have beards and so forth. Therefore, courtship for dwarves is described as delicately finding out the sex of a fellow dwarf. This starts to change through one female dwarf taking on Tertiary Sexual Characteristics and identifying as female, causing a large uproar in the dwarven community.
While it does catch on, Unseen Academicals shows us there's also nothing stopping biologically male dwarves from doing the same thing.
The Draka have no moral qualms with having sex with slaves, but it is very much more than a free woman's life is worth to wind up pregnant that way.
Consequently, if straight Draka women fancy a bit of strange, it will have to be with a female slave; no-one thinks this at all shameful and a free woman is at liberty to have all the fun she likes with her own property. Men don't face the same problem.
In the aftermath of a virus wiping out all men, a basically sexless society emerges. Wyndham seems to have utterly dismissed the possibility that women could form romantic relationships with each other, despite making a reference to Sappho at one point.
He admitted that he put plot ahead of common sense in that one and seemed to regret it. Happens to the best of us. The Thin Red Line the James Jones book that Terrence Malick's famous film is based on discusses this notion and has several examples among its cast of characters.
The Wheel of Time has what are euphemistically referred to as "pillow friends", especially among initiates in the White Tower, where girls are isolated from men and the world altogether and would have problems anyway due to their powers and extended lifespan.