Created By: Some Guy on September 27, 2009

Everybody Has Sex

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Or, alternatively, Everybody Has Relationships Which Inevitably Lead To Premarital Sex But Not Necessarily Marriage.

The idea here is that in fiction, broadly speaking, hardly anyone waits for more than a week before getting their sex on. Usually all it takes is realizing that they've met "the right person" for someone to decide to take the plunge. Every so often, of course, they realize that this was an extremely stupid thing for them to do. However, being more abstinent is not typically considered a good response. Just "showing better judgment". Expect a Wall Banger if they do the exact same thing two weeks later.

Any character who does not conform to this belief pattern can usually be expected to appear as some sort of villain, or will have their minds changed on the subject by the end of the story.

While being near-universal today in works that deal with romance and sex, this trope is a fairly recent arrival, since time was the Moral Guardians would have heavily frowned on the implications. It's also somewhat justified in modern society, which does not have as much of an emphasis on abstinence as it used to. It can just as easily be unjustified, though, in that your typical Hollywood Dateless is liable to have five times as many sexual partners as most people have in their lifetimes.

This idea is most obvious in settings where the characters are ostensibly supposed to be "normal". If they're explicitly sex freaks, or it's a story that doesn't really involve romance, the trope is far less relevant.

For men, often justified since I'm a Man; I Can't Help It.

  • Appears rather bizarrely in Big Love, where this attitude is held by multiple teenage Mormons. Word to the wise- just because everyone at BYU dates all the time does not mean they're having sex all the time.
  • Shows up in Forever Amber, with a fair amount of Truth in Television since the story is set during the reign of Charles II in England, who was notorious for having a veritable harem of mistresses and illegitimate children. Ironically, his legitimate wife did not have any children, it's implied because she suffered mental duress and never fully recovered from the fact that the English court did not value monogamy. Further driven into the ground by the fact that Frances Stewart is the only woman who does not consent to become his mistress, and is punished with small pox disfigurement shortly after marrying someone else.
    • Of course, it's up to debate whether any of the main characters are actually supposed to likable.
  • Subverted in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, where clearly everybody does have sex- and not one of them are better off for it. The movie which starts off firmly on the note of "man, Steve Carrell is weird", slowly turns to the realization that he's the Only Sane Man in a world where people are so obsessed with sex that it usually clouds their better judgment.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • September 13, 2009
    Idler 2.0
  • September 15, 2009
    Some Guy
    For reference- Everybody Fornicates is now on the Cut List for basically being a really poorly written article. I'd like to try and use this proposal to create something a little more cohesive.
  • September 20, 2009
    Nate the Great
    Clarification is needed on the Big Love example. Doesn't that show concern itself with married relationships, this seems like a dating trope.
  • September 20, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Foible Attraction. I.e. sexual attraction that's powerful enough to overcome short-term common sense; it's not quite a fatal attaction, but it still has long-term negative consequences.
  • September 23, 2009
    Dick Richardson
    Real Life - *sigh*
  • September 27, 2009
    There was a Friends episode where Phoebe was concerned that her boyfriend wouldn't sleep with her after a couple of weeks. Phoebe wonders what his deal is, and Joey suggests he's gay.
  • September 28, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • September 29, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    I know this is not the place to put this but... this trope's non-existence (or at least unnamed-ness) was part of the inspiration behind one of my fanfics-in-progress. The characters not only explore why the above is so true, but the main OC explains why it is such an overwhelming issue to her and her family.
  • September 29, 2009
  • October 2, 2009
    Some Guy
    YKTTW Bump. I'll launch this at the next opportunity, but I could certainly use more examples and name suggestions.
  • October 2, 2009
    I cannot think of any examples (there's got to be some for things that take place in The60s though), but I support the eventual launch of this trope when it's full enough.
  • October 2, 2009
    random surfer
    In 1970's What Do You Say To A Naked Lady?, Alan Funt's R-Rated Candid Camera movie, he had a hippie chick ask hippie guys after a few minutes of conversation if they wanted to have sex. Just about every one they showed said no.
  • October 3, 2009
    feo takahari
    This seems to be the standard in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Admittedly, it takes a longer time than in some of these examples, but by the final season Buffy in particular has had sex with almost every male cast member who's the same age as her.