Created By: Schol-R-LEA on June 16, 2014 Last Edited By: Schol-R-LEA on March 10, 2017
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Overcome With Desire

Two (or more) people impulsively have sex without consideration of the potential consequences.

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Sometimes, love (or simple lust) is more than a couple can take. No matter how important what they are doing was,or how dangerous the location is, the moment they get alone, they begin to take off their clothes and embrace each other. All thought of consequences are forgotten: they are Overcome With Desire beyond all reason.

While this may seem like a lead in to a porn film (and often is), in both Real Life and most fiction the consequences won't stay forgotten for very long. Depending on the circumstances, regret is the very least of the problems that are likely to result. If they are co-workers on the job, they may get caught and lose their jobs. If they are in a dangerous location, they could get hurt, or even set off a destructive sequence of events with larger effects. And then there are the personal consequences: damaged friendships, pregnancy, STDs, etc. All in all, it would have been better to keep it in your pants, at least until you were in a more suitable location.

The consequences may or may not come to pass, but they are potentially there, and the lack of consideration for them, and/or the belated realization of them, is the key factor in the trope; the existence of the risks has to be at least a side plot or discussed at some point for it to count.

Can become Can't Get Away with Nuthin' when applied Anviliciously, and/or repeatedly with dire results each time, and is sometimes used this way in Very Special Episodes and After School Specials.

A sister trope of both Making Love in All the Wrong Places (where the locale is problematic, though not necessarily due to risks or potential consequences) and Coitus Ensues, but whereas Coitus Ensues diverts attention from the plot, Overcome With Desire becomes a driver of it. Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, Love Is in the Air, or a Love Potion can all lead to it, and it is a common behavior for Insatiable Newlyweds (or Make-Out Kids in less explicit stories). Can result in an oblivious form of Coitus Uninterruptus if they fail to notice an urgent situation arising (aside from the one in their pants, that is).


Examples

Comedy
  • This old joke uses it for both the setup and the punchline: "A engaged couple wants to be married in a particular church, but the preacher says he'll officiate and let them use his building only if they refrain from sleeping together until marriage and he has to do their premarital counseling. With a few weeks to go, in the counseling session he asks them how the abstinence is going and the man says "Well, last week at dinner she dropped her fork on the ground, and when she bent over to pick it up, the view I received overcame me and I swept all the dishes off the table and we made love right then and there." "Well then", says the preacher "you cannot get married at my church now." "I figured as much", says the woman, "we aren't allowed back at that restaurant either."

Literature
  • Atonement: Robbie and Cecelia having sex against the wall of the library. While they probably couldn't have foreseen all the suffering this eventually caused, they should have realized the possibility of someone, such as Cecelia's younger sister, walking in on them.
  • Game of Thrones: There are several moments when Jaime and Cersei go at it regardless of where they are or what they're doing. Sometimes even prefaced by an exchange of "Someone will see us" - "I don't care."

Live-Action TV
  • Several of the stories recounted in Sex Sent Me To The ER involved two lovers losing their self-control in ways that endangered their health.
  • NCIS: Agent Lee would deliver something to Palmer and they would promptly sneak into a closet or something similar. While it never actually endangers them, it certainly could have, and everyone knew what they were up to anyway.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: this was the key plot point in the second season, as Angel's Face–Heel Turn was the direct result of him and Buffy making love (due to the particular curse Angel was under, him finding happiness would cause him to lose his soul again). Angel was aware of the risk, but in the end he stopped letting it hold him back, with disastrous results.
  • Happens twice in Angel. The first time, Angel and Cordy are possessed by the spirits of ballet performers. They're interrupted before they can get past second base, but it leaves Angel in an uncomfortable position. The second time is in the final season when an odd bit of phlebotinum causes Angel and Eve to have sex over and over and over until the phlebotinum is undone.
  • In the Frasier episode "The Adventures of Bad Boy and Dirty Girl", Frasier's new boss comes into the studio to see him about the previous time their Belligerent Sexual Tension turned into sex (in her office). It happens again, and they go at it there in the studio, while Frasier's show is on the air.
  • Star Trek: Voyager: One episode had Tom Paris and B'lanna Torres seemingly unable to keep their hands off each other whenever they were in close proximity, though they never quite get to sex (at least onscreen), but their actions do land them in hot water when they're caught by superiors several times. Later it turns out that a group of alien scientists had infiltrated the ship and were secretly conducting experiments on the crew. They chalk it up to aliens' interference since they never show such behavior again, even after they're married.

Western Animation
  • Daria: In the episode "Dye Dye My Darling", Daria is in a car with Tom (her best friend's boyfriend) when their Belligerent Sexual Tension, which had been building all season, overcomes them and they start kissing passionately. They don't do anything more than kiss, but repercussions affect the rest of the series.

Real Life
  • Darwin Award
    • At least one story involved a couple doing it in the middle of the road at night. No prizes for guessing how that one ended.
    • Ditto for the numerous couples who fell off of a roof which they were getting intimate on top of.

Community Feedback Replies: 40
  • June 16, 2014
    DAN004
    This is Coitus Ensues
  • June 16, 2014
    Schol-R-LEA
    I disagree. The real crux of Coitus Ensues is that the sex doesn't advance the plot; it seems to happen without real context, and is out of place in the story. It is a meta complaint about the storytelling.

    Here, the real trope is about the characters ignoring the potential consequences of sex. It may make perfect sense for the characters to have sex at this point of the story; it just is that they ignore the setting and/or effects of doing so right now. Whereas Coitus Ensues drops the plot, this trope is likely to drive it.
  • June 16, 2014
    Arivne
    • De-Red Linked Circular Link(s) to the trope's current name.
    • De-Red Linked (ST Ds).
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  • June 16, 2014
    NemuruMaeNi
    Could it be Too Rare To Trope, in light of tvtropes having some sort of barriers against overly explicit works? (although I don't recall reading the exact policies on the matter of porn etc.)
  • June 16, 2014
    Statzkeen
    The punch line of an old joke. A engaged couple wants to be married in a particular church, but the preacher says he'll officiate and let them use his building only if they refrain from sleeping together until marriage and he has to do their premarital counseling. With a few weeks to go, in the counseling session he asks them how the abstinence is going and the man says "Well, last week at dinner she dropped her fork on the ground, and when she bent over to pick it up, the view I received overcame me and I swept all the dishes off the table and we made love right then and there." "Well then", says the preacher "you cannot get married at my church now." "I figured as much", says the woman, "we aren't allowed back at that restaurant either."
  • June 16, 2014
    MorganWick
  • June 17, 2014
    JoeG
    • Atonement: Robbie and Cecelia having sex against the wall of the library. While they probably couldn't have foreseen all the suffering this eventually caused, they should have realized the possibility of someone, such as Cecelia's younger sister, walking in on them.
  • June 18, 2014
    TomWalpertac2
    • NCIS: Agent Lee would deliver something to Palmer and they would promptly sneak into a closet or something similar.
  • June 18, 2014
    acrobox
    • Game Of Thrones: There are several moments when Jaime and Cersei go at it regardless of where they are or what they're doing. Sometimes even prefacedby an exchange of "Someone will see us" - "I don't care."

  • June 18, 2014
    SKJAM
    Can also result from Love Is In The Air.
  • June 18, 2014
    surgoshan
    • Happens twice in Angel. The first time, Angel and Cordy are possessed by the spirits of ballet performers. They're interrupted before they can get past second base, but it leaves Angel in an uncomfortable position. The second time is in the final season when an odd bit of phlebotinum causes Angel and Eve to have sex over and over and over until the phlebotinum is undone.
  • June 23, 2014
    Schol-R-LEA
    OK, is this tropeworthy? Any other comments?
  • June 23, 2014
    DAN004
    Lots of this in Hen Tai stories.

    I guess this is when Making Love In All The Wrong Places causes bad consequences?

    that means this trope is the subtrope, rather than supertrope.
  • June 24, 2014
    MorganWick
    ^If the bad consequences are a definitive part of the trope. Though admittedly if they aren't it's hard to see the difference.
  • June 24, 2014
    Notthegrouch
    Alisha from Misfits has a superpower that can cause this.
  • June 24, 2014
    Diask
    • In xkcd comic Geology, a couple of geologist finds geologic terms so innuendo-laden they decide to make love right on their research site.
  • June 24, 2014
    DAN004
    Dunno if simple Lus T is already covering this.
  • June 25, 2014
    JoeG
    • Daria: In the episode "Dye Dye My Darling", Daria is in a car with Tom (her best friend's boyfriend) when their Belligerent Sexual Tension, which had been building all season, overcomes them and they start kissing passionately. They don't do anything more than kiss, but repercussions affect the rest of the series.
  • May 22, 2015
    Schol-R-LEA
    Any further comments on this? With only one hat, I guess its past time I close this.
  • May 22, 2015
    Tuckerscreator
    Don't close it. Add all the examples to the page. No one has been adding hats because the main article is still sparse.
  • May 22, 2015
    Schol-R-LEA
    OK, let's see what people think now.
  • May 23, 2015
    Arivne
  • May 23, 2015
    Dalillama
    • In the Frasier episode "The Adventures of Bad Boy and Dirty Girl", Frasier's new boss comes into the studio to see him about the previous time their Belligerent Sexual Tension turned into sex (in her office). It happens again, and they go at it there in the studio, while Frasier's show is on the air.
  • May 24, 2015
    StrixObscuro
    Literature
    • In Significant Others, Michael and Thack venture into the Bohemian Grove to find Booter Manigault on behalf of his mistress, who fears that he may have killed himself. After failing to locate him (he actually wandered off and ended up at another camp), they decide that it's such a nice night that they'll have sex under the stars.
  • May 29, 2015
    Schol-R-LEA
    @Strix Obscuro: This sounds like an example of Coitus Ensues, but not necessarily this trope. The point of the Overcome With Desire trope is that the couple are ignoring the consequences of having sex, including factors such as safety, being discovered, or other potential pitfalls. It could be argued either way if it fits or not from this description.
  • May 29, 2015
    Lythande
    • In House MD, during their "friends with benefits" stage, Cameron liked to entice Chase to have sex at work. One time they were doing a sleep study on a patient and went into another bedroom, leaving him unattended when he needed help; another time, House walked in on them in a supply closet just to prove he knew.
  • May 30, 2015
    eroock
    Film:
    • After the day is saved in Galaxy Quest, Fred and Laliari, who previously only shared Longing Looks, start getting down on each other in the transporter room, while Guy is with them. He is disgusted with the sight of the interracial love making and demands them to Get A Room.
  • May 31, 2015
    JoeG
    ^ I don't think it's necessary to say that Guy is disgusted by "interracial" lovemaking. Just say that he is disgusted by the very public lovemaking and leave it at that.
  • May 31, 2015
    Landmartian
    Also there's the opposite of this, the YKTTW named Foreplay Interruption, in which foreplay is interrupted by some important message requiring immediate action.
  • June 2, 2015
    Tallens
    • Star Trek Voyager: One episode had Tom Paris and B'lanna Torres seemingly unable to keep their hands off each other whenever they were in close proximity, though they never quite get to sex (at least onscreen), but their actions do land them in hot water when they're caught by superiors several times. Later it turns out that a group of alien scientists had infiltrated the ship and were secretly conducting experiments on the crew. They chalk it up to aliens' interference since they never show such behavior again, even after they're married.
  • July 21, 2016
    Schol-R-LEA
    In the absence of anything else, I'll close this tomorrow. I thought I'd closed it months ago, sorry.
  • July 22, 2016
    Tallens
    You have a few examples to add.
  • July 22, 2016
    DAN004
    How would Coitus Uninterruptus relate to this?
  • March 10, 2017
    Schol-R-LEA
    I didn't realize this was still in the running until I checked just now, but I am glad I didn't discard it. Any more votes, either way, or additional examples or comments?
  • March 10, 2017
    Schol-R-LEA
    I had gone to include the Galaxy Quest example, but then on closer inspection decided against it, as there were no real consequences other than getting Guy Squicked out
  • March 10, 2017
    Schol-R-LEA
    Sorry, I meant to specify 'no negative consequences', as it did lead to them getting into a long-term relationship.
  • March 10, 2017
    Schol-R-LEA
    Also removed the XKCD one for lack of consequences.
  • March 10, 2017
    Schol-R-LEA
    The Significant Others case may or may not fit, if the consequences (which, given the location, do exist - Bohemian Grove is not somewhere you want to get caught if you haven't been invited, regardless of your state of undress) actually get mentioned at some point
  • March 10, 2017
    NubianSatyress
    Possible page quote:

    "I came to you in service of my Ninth Labor, sweet queen...
    Charged to steal your girdle... a gift from your sire, my hated brother Ares...
    But once I saw your face...and you saw mine...
    The only thought we gave to garments...
    Was how fast we could remove them."
    The Incredible Hercules, speaking of Queen Hippolyta

    • The Incredible Hercules: In the Marvel version of Hercules' Ninth Labor, he snuck into the Amazon's domain and into the tent of Queen Hippolyta to steal her girdle and complete the labor. However, she woke up during the attempt and pulled a knife on him. However, they both fell victim to Love At First Sight and began having sex right then and there. This pissed off Hera, who then disguised herself as an Amazon and falsely raised the alarm that Hercules was assaulting the queen, forcing him to run away with the girdle and Hippolyta to become a broken-hearted Woman Scorned.
  • March 10, 2017
    Schol-R-LEA
    Wiigii! Let's Launch!
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