Be it boy or girl or something else, they want to attract attention from the opposite sex and even both at once! They will think about this all the time and base their actions around it, with absolutely no moral or religious questioning present. A teenage girl automatically wants to wear provocative clothes , date sleazy guys , do poorly in school and otherwise give her father a reason to be an Overprotective Dad.
If she doesn't do anything like that, she still secretly wants to. There's likely to be a secondary character who averts this by being a tomboy or otherwise ostensibly uninterested in " girly " things, but even most of them secretly drool over guys, because in writer-land there's no such thing as a girl who isn't obsessed with boys or occasionally other girls. If she's not interested in fashion at the start, she usually gets a makeover unnecessary or otherwise and subsequently winds up dating the male lead.
A girl is seldom allowed to be realistically uncomfortable with her changing body, or want to maybe stay a child a little longer. In fiction, a late bloomer is almost universally used only if she's going to become interested in boys and clothes, with the implication that there's something wrong with any girl who doesn't, or that a girl is 'incomplete' without a boy.
This is an unfortunate side effect of the Most Writers Are Male phenomenon; male writers may simply have little to no understanding about how teenage girls work. Books by female writers, especially those that are aimed at a teenage audience, can be better at averting this than adult media that contain teenage characters.
A teenage boy automatically wants to be buff, date fast girls, slack off in school and otherwise give justification for dads to be overprotective. They fall victim to obsession with the other sex , which is fairly unrealistic when the boy in question is still a preteen.
A boy is seldom allowed to not be interested in sex. After all, all boys want to become manly men as soon as possible, right?
This trope comes with the implication that there's something wrong with any boy that is not sexually active or that a boy is 'incomplete' without a girl. If the writer is male, they may become better-thought-out characters because Most Writers Are Male.
Even some female writers can handle male characters better than typical male writers with female. As with adult characters, there's no such thing as Asexuality , and there are almost always No Bisexuals , especially among teen males. Older female teens will very rarely be allowed to be bi, but again that's because Most Writers Are Male.
Gay and lesbian teens have been gaining increasing visibility and are often Played for Drama. Lastly, you can expect none of the moral, religious or familial questioning that most teens go through in real life when confronting the issue of sex, unless the character is supposed to be the school's resident religious fanatic.
Though this is taken to severe extremes in fiction, many adults and even some teenagers and this varies by community will agree that this is Truth in Television. Its opposite is No Hugging, No Kissing. The story is initially about a single, uncontrollably horny year-old girl's desperate desire to have a hundred Friends with Benefits before she graduates from high school, despite her insecurities about her lack of experience and certain aspects of her physical appearance.
Iceland from Axis Powers Hetalia. In the Christmas Bloodbath he gets distracted by Germany's muscles, and in the one he appears to have an Erotic Dream about Turkey.
Tajima and his outspokenness about his appetites in Big Windup stands out in a series with mostly serious, focused characters. Samia-don , the early-to-mid teens Simon "Sil" Turner showed more than one shade of this. In one episode he asks the Psammead to turn him into a girl so he can chase away a boy who was interested in Anne, and in another he was furious when the Psammead got to give Anne a kiss. Referenced in Chapter of Kaguya-sama: While Maki finds the idea of teenagers having sex before marriage incredilous, Ishigami points out the "1 in 3 teens have had sex before" statistic from earlier in the series and surmises that Kashiwagi and Tsubasa are deeply entrenched in this trope.
Comic Books My Friend Dahmer deals with Jeffrey Dahmer 's teenaged years, during which time he fantasizes about a male jogger in the neighborhood In Sex Criminals , after her first orgasm somehow grants her the power to freeze time, Suzie tries to suppress her urge to masturbate until she can figure out how. The protagonist of Archie Comics , Archie Andrews is like this.
He juggles two girlfriends, spends all his money on the rich one whose father loathes him, and puts himself in the way of any new girl who will pay attention to him as well. The comics just happen to put it in G-rated terms.
Harry in Child of the Storm , being thirteen going on fourteen is just starting to become this, much to his consternation. Mostly, he finds it an unwanted, inconvenient and very embarrassing distraction, especially since he's surrounded by a lot of gorgeous women. Inevitably, he frequently gets gently teased about it - though intriguingly, he does his best to put platonic relationships first particularly with Carol and gets snappish if someone implies otherwise.
Carol's somewhat cynical disposition and tendency towards mistrust is because of a combination of her having been able to pass for a hot college student at 14 and this trope, which inevitably led to a large number of guys trying to befriend her solely to get in her pants. For the most part, she averts this trope, showing very little interest in romance, boys and shopping, instead favouring sports and aspiring to be a pilot.
However, she does express It still possesses a good Aesop about staying true to who you are, though, even if it's slightly undermined by the implication that you still need to look like everyone else. In The Seeker , what's one of the first things fourteen-year-old Will wants to do with his powers?
His brother's girlfriend, no less. Nick really wants to get laid. He comments when narrating about his parents and their partners that he's the only one who isn't getting any. In The Major and the Minor , "SuSu" gets dumped into a whole Military School full of younger-teenage boys who only get to see girls on special occasions.
They spend a lot of time trying to get to first base with her, and even draw up a schedule of who gets to see her and when. The three boys in Milk Money have this as their defining characteristic, and spend the first act of the movie and all their money trying to find a prostitute so they can see her naked.
They're eleven, by the way. Literature A Brother's Price has Corelle, who goes to chase the neighbour's boy's pants, even though she should stay home and guard the farm, Lylia, who is looking forward to her wedding night so much that her sisters think she'll happily marry any relatively handsome young man, and Cullen, who is very interested in the dirty pictures his cousin Lylia provides.
The Protagonist Jerin wants to stay chaste and pure until he marries, but his hormones make this very difficult. By means of obvious subtext, this is Older Than Print: The narrators of Boccaccio's The Decameron are three men and seven women between the ages of fourteen and twenty-seven.
An inordinate number of the hundred stories involve sex in some way—including several told by the women. And some of the girls seem like they might let them. Yes it's the Middle Ages, but it's also the height of the Plague —the kids are unsupervised and Plague does funny things to traditional morality. Also, late-medieval Florence had Played straight in Dean Koontz 's Phantoms , where it's specifically said that the fourteen-year-old girl is 'at that stage where most girls were obsessively concerned with boys, boys above all else' and opens the book with her arguing with her older sister about dating.
She gains more personality as the story goes on. In The Movie , she's been sent to live with her sister to get her away from a loser boyfriend. Played extremely straight in Twilight ; all Bella does is obsess over Edward and how perfect he is. Most of the other female characters aren't much better. Edward is just as bad if not worse, given his stalker-ish tendencies , and practically every other male thinks about little besides Bella.
Are You There God? In all fairness, it was written in , when discussing things like periods and puberty outside of health class was still somewhat taboo. Judy Blume was somewhat notorious for tropes like this, which gave a coronary to the Moral Guardians of the day, but back then the intent was to show girls that was all OKAY.
Lois Lowry's YA book A Summer to Die—Molly, the elder sister, is obsessed with boys and the idea of getting married, to the severe annoyance of her younger sister Meg who is secretly jealous of Molly's boyfriends and good looks.
Molly gets sick and Meg at first resents that all her parents' attention is paid to her sister, until she realizes Molly's illness is something serious it turns out to be leukemia and she's going to die. Thoughts of boys and weddings help Molly keep some semblance of an idea that she's still a person, not just a terminal patient.
In the Discworld "witches" plotline, both Magrat and Verence fall under this trope. As in many of the Discworld books, it's Played for Laughs and Verence and Magrat are both presumably out of their teens, if not by much. The Dresden Files of course: Molly Carpenter is a Perky Goth version of this. When she first becomes important to the story, she's dropped out of school, gotten a bunch of tattoos and piercings, started hanging around with the wrong crowd, and dresses like, in the protagonist's words, "Frankenhooker.
She avoids going home whenever possible because any conversation she has with her mother turns into a shouting match inside of ten seconds, and develops a bit of a crush on Harry mostly because her mother hates him. She also started using Black Magic which leads to trouble. On the plus side, when she ends up as Harry's apprentice, she has to follow his rules moderating the worst of her behavior.
In The Red Tent , Dinah looks forward to having her first period and thus becoming a full-fledged member of the Red Tent's inner circle with her mom and aunts , and undergoing the mysterious Ritual of Opening so that she is considered a woman and not a little girl. When that finally does happen, she actually looks forward to getting her period every month and the New Moon rituals in the tent done at that time. This would be mostly acceptable, except that the title character is fourteen.
In Bryan Miranda's The Journey to Atlantis , this is basically the main character's reason for most of what he does. Although it's not all hinged on it, it's the reason he goes to such lengths to appear to be The Hero.
For the most part averted in The Hunger Games. Katniss and Peeta spend a whole lot of time making out but it's mostly an act because their lives depend on selling the " Star-Crossed Lovers " story. Peeta never presses his advantages when they are alone and even spends many nights sharing her bed but being perfectly chaste, and Katniss never implies that he appears to want to do more than that.
The first two books only have two moments where Katniss lets her hormones take control and in the third book she's got a war to worry about until the end where she sleeps with Peeta and then declares her love for him. The Chronicles of Narnia: The professor states she is "rushing to enter the silliest period in one's life, and wishes to stay there for as long as possible".
Despite Brother Neuro's Celibate Hero status, he is easily flustered by pretty girls. He blames his teenage body for this failure in self-disicpline. In one episode, it's shown that the only thing that doesn't turn Eric on is the thought of adults having sex — specially if said adults are his parents. He's totally traumatised when he walks on them about to do it , and even his Jerk Ass older sister pities him for that. Emily is rather eager to find out, how it would be to "do it" with a human , until she finds out that her human boyfriend only wants her for sex.
Given that the murder victim in Twin Peaks is one, it's only natural that the scenes focusing on her high school peers would play out like a high school soap opera about Hormone Addled Teenagers. The elder daughter in particular is almost as stereotyped as you can get, and a complete airhead to boot. The first of the two daughters to lose their virginity was the studious "good" daughter. Pick a Disney Channel show.