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Tropes and Kinks list

For reference and for fun, this is a list of kinks (and some general narrative tropes) that I like. Many have copied the entire list from here and bolded their likes, but I settled for deleting the options I don't feel strongly about, keeping the ones I like, bolding the ones I love, and striking the ones that are on the squickier side for me.




  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder

  • Abuse (sexual, emotional, and/or violent childhood abuse; past abusive relationships; character A's abuse drives character B into arms of character C; the wounded child as an adult archetype)

  • Accidental stimulation (proximity and friction; involuntary arousal; situations of adrenaline and reflexes)

  • Adrenaline and crises (pre-, mid-, or post-crisis sex; speed-freaks or adrenaline junkies; near-death experiences; the shadow of impending death--hours, minutes, or moments)

  • Age regression ( characters met before in the past; high school AUs; time-travel)

  • Aliens make them have sex (fuck or die; intoxication; taking one for the team)

  • Anal sex (face to face, from behind, bent over desk; gay or straight; girl-on-boy with strap-on; girl-on-girl with strap-on)

  • Angst

  • Animalistic behaviors and characteristics, dominant (snarling; sniffing; scent-marking or biting; other claiming acts; territoriality; predatory stalking; cuffing; forcing the partner's neck down; claws and other features)

  • Animalistic behaviors and characteristics, submissive (feral characters or behavior; domesticated pet behavior such as sitting at owner's foot and cheeking their thigh; purring; licking; characters objectified as animals, e.g., ponyboys)

  • Anonymous sex (clubbing; alley sex; one-night stands)

  • Anti-heroes (sympathetic villains; villains with principles; noble demons; enemies who keep their word)

  • Aphrodisiacs (see Intoxication and altered states)

  • Asphyxiation (asphyxiophilia; scarfing; choking; breath play)

  • AUs (alternate characterizations and situations; sex between alternates of one character or between different characters; alternates as catalysts for realization of desire; role reversal; darker mirror universe characters; mistaken identity)

  • Baths and water (as a location for sex, as a non-sexual setting)

  • Begging or offering (begging or pleading for mercy, for sexual release, to be taken; a character offering himself; neediness)

  • Beloved enemies

  • Bisexuality

  • Blood (fetishization of wounds; blood-play; blood as lube; vampirism)

  • Blow-jobs (oral sex, fellatio)

  • Body-painting or inkbrushing on someone's skin

  • Bodyguard scenarios

  • Canon (canon elements/canonicity heightens characterization or scenario)

  • Cars (drag racing, motorsports, getaways and chases)

  • Catalysts (e.g., character A shows interest in character B, which makes character C realize how hot B is; or other catalytic events bringing about such an epiphany)

  • Clothes fetishization (uniforms; thigh-highs; stilettos; leather jackets; tuxedos or GQ wear; boxer-briefs; unclothed/clothed pairing; undressing; softness or smoothness)

  • Cock worship

  • Come-marking (letting it dry visibly on the skin)

  • Confessions (revelation of love/desire; of other secrets; truth or dare games. deathbed confessions; revealing truths when feverish)

  • Crossovers (characters thrust into other universes; canon universes merged; sex between characters played by same actor)

  • Crush or unrequited love

  • Crying, sobbing (erotic and non-erotic)

  • Damsel in distress scenarios (danger and rescue; damsel character need not be female)

  • Dancing

  • Delayed gratification

  • Dystopias (apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic worlds; alien invasions; pandemics; settings in Hell, or earth becomes Hell)

  • Emotional themes, (angst; wallows; darkfic; emotional damage; psychological trauma; tragic pasts; guilt and shame; mental instability; sadness and grief; abandonment or fear of same; characters who can't go home again; fear in general; nightmares; loneliness; broken-heartedness; failure; insecurity; self-hatred)

  • Enemies working together

  • Face-sitting (straddling for blow-job or cunnilingus)

  • Fake rake (a man falsely rumored to be promiscuous, who isn't; romance novel term)

  • Feminine terms used for males (e.g., calling a man a bitch, calling his ass a pussy)

  • First times (first time between two individuals; losing virginity; first time doing a particular act; first time with a particular gender)

  • Fisting (anal or vaginal)

  • Forbidden (love affairs or trysts; in general, wanting someone or something that's expressly forbidden)

  • Friction or frottage (naked or clothed; masturbatory or with partner; cocks rubbing together; tribadism; intercrural sex; someone rubbing off on sheets while giving head or being fucked; chafing clothes; accidental contact)

  • Friendship and affection (gestures of friendship; epic friendships a la Gilgamesh/Enkidu or Alexander/Hephaistion; friendship as pre-slash)

  • Gentleness (tenderness; kindness; concern; gentle natures; characters who display sensitivity to fearful children, animals, the weak, etc; gentle responses at unexpected moments)

  • Hand fetishization (big strong hands; steady hands; rough knuckles; calluses; fists clenching in sheets)

  • Heroes (knights and champions; superheroes; samurai or ronin; super-soldiers; ordinary characters becoming heroes and characters overcoming fear with bravery; rebel/underground heroes; saviors and liberators; avengers)

  • Historical and period settings

  • Homosocial environments (i.e., all-male or all-female, such as prisons or harems)

  • Humor as a mask (characters who hide pain behind humor)

  • Intercrural or interfemoral sex (i.e., thrusting cock between partner's thighs)

  • Intimacy

  • Intoxication and altered states (aphrodisiacs; drugs or alcohol; sex pollen/spores; substances or devices that create arousal, affection, or dependency; speaking or showing the truth while intoxicated; visionary states)

  • Journeys (odysseys and quests; time-travel; being lost and trying to get home; road trips; pioneering and exploration, including space travel)

  • Kissing, necking

  • Lady and the Tramp pairings (het, slash or femslash; see also Rogues)

  • Loss of control (emotional, physical, situational, erotic, etc)

  • Love and passion (falling in love; eternal love; unconditional love; star-crossed lovers; tempestuous passions)

  • Love/hate relationship

  • Magical themes (love spells; magical characters or creatures; magical lands or settings; predictions; curses; possession; fairytales)

  • Make-up sex or reunions

  • Marriage (of arrangement, convenience, or necessity; accidental marriage; group marriage)

  • Masquerade (a character pretends to be someone else, or something he's not; a cop goes undercover in prison; a spy infiltrates an agency; a good guy pretends to be his AU evil twin; Cyrano scenarios)

  • Medical scenarios and fetishization

  • MPREG (male pregnancy)

  • Names (endearments; insulting terms that may hide some affection; using someone's name as a sign of intimacy; using only formal modes of address: Sir, Major)

  • Nautical themes (ships and the sea; navy/pirate conflicts; colonialism)

  • Nipple play or torture

  • Otherness and outsiders (alien identity or transformation; mutants; demons and angels; elves and other magical beings; half-human hybrids, e.g., the offspring of humans with demons, vampires, aliens, elves; racial difference in general; clones; twins)

  • Penance or reform (bad boy turns good; evil seeks to change; performing acts of atonement or restitution; self-mortification; martyrdom; selflessness; apologies or apology sex)

  • Possessiveness or jealousy

  • Power issues (inequities in beauty, rank, or class; teacher/student pairings; abuse of power; blackmail; reluctance or refusal to act on attraction because of power imbalance)

  • Power issues, sociopolitical (colonialism; alien invasion or rule; institutionalized slavery; totalitarian states and rebellion)

  • Preferential treatment (e.g., making a point of showing respect towards someone when no one else does; showing a soft side only to them)

  • Prostate pleasure

  • Prostitutes (call-girls and hookers; rent boys and hustlers; escorts; paying one's way through school with sideline hooking; juvenile past on the streets)

  • Protectiveness (physically or verbally defending someone; caretaking in general; bodyguard scenarios; mysterious benefactors or protectors)

  • Rescue (danger and rescue in general, e.g., abductions)

  • Restraint (pinning someone down; pushing someone's arm up behind their back during sex; covering or clasping someone's hands to prevent movement)

  • Rimming

  • Rogues (outlaws, mercenaries, pirates, gangsters, hitmen, etc; black sheep and royal bastards; Han Solo characters; tricksters)

  • Rough sex (quick and dirty sex; hate or grudge sex; angry sex; fighting/wrestling; sex with no or little lube)

  • Secret identity (superheroes, slayers, immortals, mutants, etc; disguised gender; spies)

  • Secrets, other (dark or criminal past; double lives; unspoken feelings)

  • Sex change (gender swap)

  • Sex in public or semi-public places

  • Sex outdoors/outside (in a field; in a rainstorm; in an alley)

  • Sex with clothes still on or partly on

  • Sexual movements (back arching; hips lifting; thrusting back; writhing, jerking, bucking; clenching; grinding or rocking; trembling or shivering; hooking legs around shoulders; pressing someone's legs back toward the bed; riding someone's fingers)

  • Sharing (sharing a beer bottle, joint, or bucket of popcorn; loaning someone clothes; a character letting someone stay in their home; sharing confidences; sharing a woman)

  • Shower sex

  • Silence (silence as an erotic element in sex; trying to be silent during semi-public sex; going nonverbal or speechless with arousal; traumatic mutism; selective mutism; sign language; gestures used to convey feelings rather than words)

  • Sleep and bedding themes (sharing a bed by necessity, such as in a hotel with only one room left; sharing a sleeping bag for warmth; sex while drowsy or sleeping; sex as a sleep aid; autonomic arousal from proximity; falling asleep against someone's shoulder; watching someone sleep; dreams; nightmares)

  • Slow and/or prolonged sex

  • Straight-homosocial sexual scenarios (lending a helping hand; circle jerks; watching het porn together, with or without masturbation; practicing dancing, kissing, or romantic conversation in preparation for one character having a date with a woman)

  • Talking and communication issues (dirty talk; talking someone to orgasm; talking during sex; phone sex; speech becoming broken as one is aroused or upset; being inarticulate or articulate; aphasia; miscommunication and misunderstandings in general; lack of a shared language)

  • Threesomes (M/F/M, F/M/F, M/M/M, F/F/F)

  • Trapped or stranded together (on another world; in a cave-in; in a cabin during a snowstorm; in an elevator)

  • Triangles (love triangles)

  • Triangulation of desire (two men express their desire for each other through a female intermediary (or gendered vice versa); sexual rivalry for a woman/man is actually homoerotic interest)

  • UST (unresolved sexual tension)

  • Virgins or inexperienced partners

  • Vulnerability

  • Western scenarios (cowboy gear; campfire and trail scenes; horses; gunslingers, lawmen, card sharps, etc; train robberies and bank hold-ups; posses; saloon brawls)

  • Worry (one character worrying anxiously about another; going crazy with worry)


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