Purple Shirt of Sex
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The Purple Shirt of Sex is a term that originated in the Sherlock fandom, describing a tight purple shirt that Sherlock Holmes, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, wears in The Great Game (episode 1x3). It gained such popularity that it eventually seeped into other unrelated fandoms.
Sherlock's Purple Shirt of Sex
The seductively deep purple shirt that adorns the ever so beautiful torso of Sherlock Holmes ; renowned for sending all who gaze upon it into the throes of blind lust regardless of gender or sexual orientation; a potent aphrodisiac.
Sherlock BBC - Purple shirt of sex by maXKennedy (2012)
Other Purple Shirts of Sex
Though it originally only referred to Sherlock's shirt, the Purple Shirt of Sex attained meme status and eventually spread into other fandoms. After the release of The Avengers it became a minor trope in Science Bros fic, referring to the purple shirt Bruce Banner wears while on the helicarrier. It also gets references in the Elementary fandom, where Marcus Bell often wears a tight purple shirt.
Archives & Communities
- Purple Shirt of Sex, Archived version on AO3
- Purple Shirt of Sex tag, Archived version on Tumblr
- The Purple Shirt of Sex, Archived version on Facebook
- The Purple Shirt of Sex, Archived version definition at A Beginner's Guide to the Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Archived version on Tumblr
- thesherlockfandom. The Purple Shirt of Sex, Archived version on Tumblr, accessed 22 June 2014.
- The Wire. A Brief Guide to Benedict Cumberbatch Hysteria, Archived version, accessed 22 June 2014.
- Urban Dictionary. The Purple Shirt of Sex, Archived version, accessed 22 June 2014.
- markfluffyruffalo. Purple Shirt gif-picspam, Archived version on Tumblr. June 16, 2014. (Accessed 11 August 2014)