"It may interest you to know, fräulein, that the carrot and the cucumber are both very powerful sexuality symbols. They represent the masculine phallic member. And you are vishing either to chop it up or to pickle it!"
—Sigmund Freud, according to My Uncle Oswald
Sometimes also known as "Paging Dr. Freud..." (or, on 4chan, "Rule 32").
The truth is that All Men Are Perverts and All Women Are Lustful, only they are too ashamed of it thus they express it in covert sexual symbolism and repressed desire everywhere, every time, with everybody. Not only is everyone Jesus in purgatory -- everything is about sex.
When any kind of long thin shape is assumed to be a penis, or any hole that is oval is a vagina, you've got Freud Was Right in play. Obsession with sex is one of the core aspects of this trope, and is frequently lamp shaded.
The Trope Namer is Dr. Sigmund Freud, a Viennese doctor who proposed a theory of human behavior and development based on the idea that all our behaviours are ultimately expressions of instinctual, biological desires. Like, for instance, sex.
Media in General
- Any character with a Big Freaking Sword, Big Freaking Gun or a Hand Cannon is Compensating for Something. It can be intentional (as with the Anvilicious Lesbian Desert Eagle example on the Hand Cannon page) or unintentional, but these days it's almost always Lampshaded. If the characters don't notice, the fandom definitely will. Just ask any Final Fantasy VII fan about length versus girth and you'll find out.
- Anal Probes in Alien Abduction stories; can it be more obvious?
- The various "stabbing implements" Slasher Movie killers use to "penetrate" the bodies of female teenagers.
- Anime and Manga
- Comic Books
- Live-Action TV
- Oral Tradition
- Real Life
- Tabletop Games
- Video Games
- Web Comics
- Web Original
- Western Animation