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    Fictosexual, also known as fictisexual, fictonsexual,[1] fictiosexual,[2] fictionsexual[3] or fictionalsexual, is a sexual orientation and an umbrella term on the asexual spectrum for anyone who experiences exclusive sexual attraction towards fictional characters, a general type of fictional characters, or whose sexuality is influenced by fictional characters.

    The fictosexual flag.
    Alternative fictosexual flag made by icicledork.
    Alternative fictosexual flag made by icicledork (second variant).

    Some fictosexual individuals experience attraction to certain genders in fiction, but don't experience attraction to said genders in the non-fictional (factual) world. For example, one may experience attraction to all genders in fiction, but only experience attraction to women in the non-fictional world.

    It is also an ace-spec identity, as some ace-spec individuals may feel sexual attraction exclusively to fictional characters.

    One can be fictosexual for a wide variety of reasons, such as spiritually - believing in past lives and/or parallel universes in which the individual was in (a) relationship(s) with (a) certain fictional character(s).[4][5] Alternatively, a reason may be that the individual is never possibly able to be in a relationship with any fictional characters they may feel attraction to within the non-fictional world. The romantic equivalent is fictoromantic. Someone who is both fictosexual and fictoromantic may use the term fictorose.[6] The opposite to this term is veritasexual.

    In East Asia, fictosexuals (especially related to “Nijigen” in the Japanophone context) have their own subculture and political activism.[7]

    Identities under the fictosexual umbrella include:

    • Aliussexual - an attraction for fictionkin. The attraction to a fictional character from their connectus.
    • Animatesexual - the attraction to anime/manga characters. The romantic equivalent is animateromantic.
    • Anuafsexual - the attraction to other animal and human hybrid characters.
    • Booklosexual - the attraction to novel/visual novel characters.
    • Cartosexual - the attraction to cartoon/comic characters.
    • Droidsexual - the exclusive or near-exclusive attraction to fictional robots, androids, etc.
    • Gamosexual - the attraction to video game characters.
    • Imagisexual- the attraction to fictional characters one can never see (book characters, podcast characters, etc.) The romantic equivalent is imagiromantic.
    • Inreasexual - the attraction to live-action TV show/movie characters.
    • Multifictino - a mix of exclusive fictional attraction. Example: being attracted exclusively to anime and cartoon characters.
    • Nekosexual - the attraction to neko-related characters.
    • OCsexual - the attraction to original characters.
    • Spectrosexual - the attraction to ghost-related characters.
    • Teratosexual - the attraction to monster-related characters.
    • Tobusexual - the attraction to vampire-related characters.
    • Visualnovelsexual - the attraction to visual novel characters.
    • Fictoflux - someone whose fictosexuality fluctuates in intensity. One day they might identify as ficto-, then identify as verita- the next day.

    There are also many who are fictosexual and has attraction to only one fictional character. Those who experience this may identify as certissexual.

    Flag

    The black and grey stripes represent the lack of attraction towards non-fictional individuals, the purple stripe represents sexual attraction and the asexual spectrum, the black circle represents a "portal" to the fictional world in question, and the pink represents attraction to fictional characters.

    For the alternative flag, the stripes do not have assigned meanings, with the exception of the second variant, where black stripes signify that individual's fictosexuality is part of aspec umbrella.[8]

    References

    1. http://archive.is/pFM4O#selection-667.0-675.258
    2. https://web.archive.org/web/20220705221651/https://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/186528-fictiosexual-romantic/
    3. https://web.archive.org/web/20220705222601/https://slangdefine.org/f/fictionsexual-4031.html
    4. https://web.archive.org/web/20220705223124/https://icicledork.tumblr.com/post/678702877257187328/new-fictosexual-flag
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