Finding animated characters attractive

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So you see a girl or a boy from a western cartoon or an anime. You then think "Hmm, he/she is pretty cute/hot/attractive/whatever. Would you say this is normal? Or do you think this qualifies as a weird fetish or something?

I realize that like any attraction being attracted to animated characters can be taken to weird levels (Rule 34 is evidence of that) but I'm not really asking if you think that kind of stuff is weird I'm just asking if you think finding an animated character attractive is something most people do or if it's just some weird exclusive trait that only the weirdest of geeks posses.

Anyway I'm getting kind of redundant now so I'll just sit in the corner and wait.

EDIT: I just now noticed that there's a fetish thread floating around right now. I swear this has nothing to do with it...not intentionally anyway...

Didn't you make this thread 2 months back? I swear it's almost the same blasted topic...

OT- Weird? Depends on the person you're talking to. Fetish? Most definitely. Commonly found? I, have no fucking idea. It's a fetish that anyone could have that's not limited to geeks and/or nerds.

Relax citizen this video shall explain any and all questions you may have in regards to humans having an attraction towards animated characters

EDIT: In case you're lazy here's a quote that sums it up.
"It's normal, It's totally normal to relate to and emotionally engage yourself with fictional character to a degree, because on some level we do see them as people, if we didn't fiction wouldn't even exist it would just be a bunch arbitrary crap that meant nothing to us become on some level on some angle, we do see them as people."

Cartoons characters are just simplified versions of real people. When you draw them you are just taking the characteristics of a real person and simplifying them, so no it is not weird. Hell Betty Boop and Jessica Rabbit are both sex symbols in their own right.


Not really. Let me put it this way; animated characters can be anything. Not only can they be more than what a human can (Furries and whatever else), but they can also be made 'perfect' (At least in the eye of the artist). They can also be given the exact personality you're looking for, because the creator is the one...well...creating them. You don't have to search your whole life for a red-haired 5'11" tsundere with a six pack or B-cup breasts to fulfill whatever fantasy you have when you could just spend a day and a half creating them; on top of them never leaving or cheating on you (Unless you're into that sort of thing).

Fictional, sure, but more perfect than a real person could ever be. Especially if you're someone who would never be considered attractive or desirable to 'real' people, whether because of various illnesses or whatever else.

It's also why I say that virtual reality will be the downfall of humanity. Why suffer through this horrific, flawed life when you can live the life you always wanted, down to the smallest exact detail?

Keep in mind, modern man began painting on cave walls 40,000 years ago. The Camera was invented in like 1826. So thats 41,826 years of wanking it to drawings and paintings.

So, not weird at all. If anything, it's more traditional and therefore more classy.

Uszi:
Keep in mind, modern man began painting on cave walls 40,000 years ago. The Camera was invented in like 1826. So thats 41,826 years of wanking it to drawings and paintings.

So, not weird at all. If anything, it's more traditional and therefore more classy.

I like the way you think.

OT: No, I don't think it is weird.

I don't see how finding drawings of something we find to be attractive to be any weirder than the real thing.

If a cartoon can be funny, endearing, and sad, I don't see why it can't also be attractive.

I think a lot of people who find it weird confuse 'being attracted to' with 'being in love with'.

As long as they're human and somewhat realistically drawn i don't think there's anything particulary weird about it. Kinda unusual, maybe.

... Cloppers can still go and jump of a cliff, though.


I find lots of fictional, animated characters attractive.
Link.
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Revy
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Fox
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(YEs, I am a furry, yes I yiff. Deal with it)

Zuko
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Shulk
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Nothing wrong with it. I suppose it might be an issue if you begin to prefer the fake, but whatever, if that's what floats your boat.

Meet my 'crush', Asami Sato (dat voice)

Yeah, it is pretty normal. Like stated, people wanked to drawings for centuries so why should it suddenly be weird?

aba1:
Cartoons characters are just simplified versions of real people. When you draw them you are just taking the characteristics of a real person and simplifying them, so no it is not weird. Hell Betty Boop and Jessica Rabbit are both sex symbols in their own right.

Are you talking the actual image of an animated character, because I've known people that makes Bugs Bunny look complex and sophisticated personality-wise..

The body cannot differentiate between fiction and reality, it's why you get adrenaline from playing action games or can feel genuine fear upon a seeing scary film, and it is also why you can be attracted to fictional characters. Our bodies react to things on an instinctive level, so if we see a character that is designed to look like an attractive member of our preferred sex, then we will find it attractive.

Seeing as you specified animated (as opposed to fictional) characters, I am assuming you are referring to a sexual attraction rather than an attraction to personality, that is a different discussion entirely.

If the feelings are real it doesn't really matter where they're pointed at, right?

You are all very mature about this. I agree by the way, I don't think it's weird.

I've found myself attracted to characters in written fiction, so an animated character wouldn't be a huge stretch.

It's only weird when these attractions supersede real world relationships, which you hear about happening occasionally with people marrying virtual girlfriends or falling in love with MMO avatars.

Supertegwyn:
[quote="Uszi" post="18.397108.16190372"]Keep in mind, modern man began painting on cave walls 40,000 years ago. The Camera was invented in like 1826. So thats 41,826 years of wanking it to drawings and paintings.

Yeah, this guy said it.

On the other hand, people falling over themselves to tell the world which cartoon characters they masturbate to can follow the cloppers right off that fucking cliff.

Some people 'clop' to My Little Pony, I can assure you that folks finding animated humans attractive is closer to normal than it is closer to 'cloppers'.

LobsterFeng:
So you see a girl or a boy from a western cartoon or an anime. You then think "Hmm, he/she is pretty cute/hot/attractive/whatever. Would you say this is normal? Or do you think this qualifies as a weird fetish or something?

I realize that like any attraction being attracted to animated characters can be taken to weird levels (Rule 34 is evidence of that) but I'm not really asking if you think that kind of stuff is weird I'm just asking if you think finding an animated character attractive is something most people do or if it's just some weird exclusive trait that only the weirdest of geeks posses.

Anyway I'm getting kind of redundant now so I'll just sit in the corner and wait.

EDIT: I just now noticed that there's a fetish thread floating around right now. I swear this has nothing to do with it...not intentionally anyway...

First off, there is absolutely nothing weird about finding a cartoon attractive. Not only is it instinctual to find certain characteristics (clear skin, symmetric faces) naturally attractive, but I can't think of a single person that is honest to themselves that hasn't thought it at some point or another for some character.

Second off, who cares? Even if only 1 percent of the population exhibits a certain kind of sexual attraction, that still means that 3 million other people in your country exhibit the same attraction (assuming you live in the US). But on the internet, a significant chunk, perhaps even a majority, have jerked it to cartoon images before, or otherwise looked at them in a sexual manner.

Here's what the internet says about it: http://isitnormal.com/story/cartoon-crush-25441/

And I might as well take this time to post what my biggest cartoon crush was, back when I watched cartoons frequently.

Naw dude, you've nothing to worry about. You don't even need to worry about jerking it to some character you find absolutely hot. It's normal, and nothing to be ashamed about. If you're looking to be popular, don't go bragging about it, just like you wouldn't brag about jerking it to normal porn, and don't otherwise be "weird" about sex, and there is little conceivable way for this to affect your life in the slightest. In fact, you can even MAKE friends over discussions on who you would, say, marry if you could pick a cartoon universe to live in.

Isn't Jessica Rabbit famous for this sorta thing? Like how in 1 uskirt scene the animators actually did briefly show she was wearing nothing underneath?
Anyways dont see anything wrong with finding an animated character hot.

Not convinced about the paintings on cave walls argument though, i really can't picture cavemen jacking off in the tribal cave and at the risk of derailing the thread with musings on the history of masturbation, id reckon the discovery of self pleasure happened when there was some form of civilization and privacy for those involved, when life for humans became more then a struggle vs nature.

Well, in most cases people are attached to the characters personality and not what they look like. If you are attracted to a charcter that is supposed to be attractive then the author/writer has done his job.

Yeah, sure, I probably fall in with most people in saying that I find animated characters attractive...

Which ones?
Well, most of them were designed to be attractive in the eyes of their target audience...

Sure, I probably find some characters attractive that I really shouldn't... But that's my choice, people who are in your face about it deserve to be shot, but that's the joys of having a voice, everyone has one, but most of them don't use it properly...

Depends what you mean by animated character. Is it Yahtzee's triple cunted hooker?

Um yeah that's a bit weird.

Wierd? Nah, though I would say some people tend to take it too far...

Also, inb4 Tali (aka Space Kahlen).

I'd say the people who don't have these feelings are the weird ones, if they exist in the first place.

I have many waifu's, but the one I have the biggest crush on is Misty from Pokémon. Ever since I was a child I fantasized about her being my girlfriend. I even made water type pokémon my favourite because of this, isn't that cute? ^_^

When I got a bit older and discovered the vast amount of erotic Misty fan art on the internet, I started to lust after more anime characters, and have now gotten to a point where I have 5 dakimakura (those japanese body pillows depicting sexy images of anime/manga characters) that I wouldn't trade for the world!

Frankster:

Not convinced about the paintings on cave walls argument though, i really can't picture cavemen jacking off in the tribal cave and at the risk of derailing the thread with musings on the history of masturbation, id reckon the discovery of self pleasure happened when there was some form of civilization and privacy for those involved, when life for humans became more then a struggle vs nature.

I'm afraid I'm going to have to disagree, with the reason being that plenty of other species, PARTICULARLY the most social ones, masturbate for pleasure (in public) or otherwise do plenty of sexual things that many would assume only humans do.

The crowning master of sex, far more open than us prude humans, is the Bonobo, the third-closest living relative to humanity. They exhibit, including but not limited to, these sexual acts: Sex for pleasure, selling sex for food, using sex to settle disagreements, using sex as a greeting, sex as a bonding exercise, incest (mother-son, father-daughter, brother-sister, mother-daughter, you name it), homosexuality (MM or FF), oral sex, masturbation...I think that about covers it. Edit: Nope, I forgot face-to-face sex, making out (with tongue), and penis fencing. Also, I was wrong about one of the incest types, as mother-son sexings are apparently uncommon. Here's where I got the corrections from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonobo#Sexual_social_behavior

We shouldn't expect masturbation to be hidden away from every social creature or every society. Hell, even within humanity, there are(/were) plenty of cultures that are(/were) rather open about masturbation. That, however, isn't my area of expertise, so I'm just going to post some bits from the Wikipedia article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_masturbation

There are depictions of male masturbation in prehistoric rock paintings around the world. Most early people seem to have connected human sexuality with abundance in nature. A clay figurine of the 4th millennium BC from a temple site on the island of Malta, depicts a woman masturbating.[1] However, in the ancient world depictions of male masturbation are far more common.

From the earliest records, ancient Sumer had a relaxed attitude toward sex, and masturbation was a popular technique for enhancing potency, either alone or with a partner.[2][3]

The ancient Indian Hindu text Kama Sutra explains in detail the best procedure to masturbate; "Churn your instrument with a lion's pounce: sit with legs stretched out at right angles to one another, propping yourself up with two hands planted on the ground between in them, and it between your arms".[4]

Male masturbation was an even more important image in ancient Egypt: when performed by a god it could be considered a creative or magical act: the god Atum was believed to have created the universe by masturbating to ejaculation, and the ebb and flow of the Nile was attributed to the frequency of his ejaculations. Egyptian Pharaohs, in response to this, were at one time required to masturbate ceremonially into the Nile.[5]

Hell, according to this article, it's only in RECENT memory that we've gotten really freaking prude about jerking it. Edit: The only reason I could think for masturbation *in public* not being common in ancient history is because there was usually another human to do it for you, but not, from anything I can find or think of, because of it being some hidden thing. Sure, they might not have specifically jerked to cave drawings or anything for some time, but I'm pretty sure that was a slightly tongue-in-cheek comment anyway. In any case, we have at least known about masturbation for most of humanity's existence.

chadachada123:
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Cheers for that informative post, i learnt quite a bit and stand corrected :P

Yeh i was wondering if it applied much in the animal world as knew that some species were rather obsessed about sex, but figured masturbation was a human centric eccentricity that came as a result of civilization.
That hypothesis is now blown out of the water xD

most anime and hentai characters are caricatures of exaggerated real life attributes which we find attractive or unattractive.

i remember reading a study on which body types men found most attractive from a bunch of computer generated 3d models and it was found that the proportions men found most attractive - while still following the same hourglass proportions were something that would never be found in nature

it's no mystery what men find attractive and why (most of the time) and they are all things you will find in the average anime and especially hentai exaggerated to what should be ludicrous levels but which are still attractive
large eyes are a sign of youth
clear skin is a sign of health
large boobs are a sign of child rearing potential and sexual maturity as is the hourglass figure
symmetry is a subconscious clue to good genes (whether true or not)
long legs are a sign of sexual maturity

in fact the only thing i find common in anime girls which should not be an exaggeration of the ideal woman is the stereotypical high pitched girly voice when men are proven to be more likely to like more deeper, throaty breathless voices but we can always chalk that up to the damsel in distress factor

lastly i introduce you to Anastasiya Shpagina



more pics if you are still not convinced
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2210364/Anastasiya-Shpagina-Teenage-girl-living-cartoon-character.html

Frankster:

chadachada123:
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Cheers for that informative post, i learnt quite a bit and stand corrected :P

Yeh i was wondering if it applied much in the animal world as knew that some species were rather obsessed about sex, but figured masturbation was a human centric eccentricity that came as a result of civilization.
That hypothesis is now blown out of the water xD

Edit: Oh god, my apologies, I didn't realize this turned into another wall of text. My bad.

Absolutely no problem, I love spreading knowledge, hah. I'd say that I'm an expert on the subject, but I really just have a fascination with ways that we humans compare to other species. Fun fact: Manatees have been recorded sixety-nining, with two males each doing, well, you know.

There's a link to a book's pdf that I'd like to post, but it contains (no shortage of) pictures of animal masturbation and other "taboo" sex acts, and would probably yield a ban, so I'll just give the name: Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity. A pretty substantially-sized book, over 700 pages, filled to the brim with high-quality images and all the awkward knowledge you could ever hope to have.

Now, bringing it back down to earth, I'll end on a little bit on animals jerking it. Apologies for starting to just copy-paste stuff, but it makes the job far less time-consuming than re-searching and then re-typing everything.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_sexual_behaviour#Autoeroticism_or_masturbation

I really need to condense a full list and classification of this stuff. Every time I Google this subject I learn of an even-more surprising species that does something that *feels* so human-like. Bat masturbation is certainly the most surprising one, for sure.

No, it's pretty much normal. The human brain is hardwired for this stuff. It can be a fetish. The fetish is considered weird and has a certain air about it that many people find unappealing. But those who claim you can't find a drawing attractive in any way are either lying or have a physical deficiency in their brain.

If people can be attracted to people in BOOKS, I think anime, manga, and comics are fine.

Uszi:
Keep in mind, modern man began painting on cave walls 40,000 years ago. The Camera was invented in like 1826. So thats 41,826 years of wanking it to drawings and paintings.

So, not weird at all. If anything, it's more traditional and therefore more classy.

Yes! Great man! Am I ever going to use that argument if this topic comes up in a conversation. Fantastic!

OT: I've got nothing against it. Hell, I find Jesse from Toy Story attractive. Nothing wrong with it.

I think that fictional character attractions, if that's what the OP meant to ask about, is only going to grow more common in this digital age where the line between reality and fiction are gradually blurred out.

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