Created By: cityofmist on April 28, 2012 Last Edited By: StarSword on March 8, 2014
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Sexposition

Infodumps are better with boobs.

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"We will address the sexposition issue with a 20-minute brothel scene involving a dozen whores, Mord the Jailer, a jackass, and a large honeycomb."

Sexposition is the practice of combining plot exposition or infodumps with sex scenes, in order to tell the viewer about things they need to know to understand the plotline in a way that will hold their attention slightly better than just two characters talking. It's used generally on US cable channels (particularly HBO), which can get away with more nudity than other networks and want to make the most of it.

The term "sexposition" is a fairly new one. It was coined in 2011 by TV critic Miles McNutt to describe the numerous such scenes on Game of Thrones, which features a number of characters who are or frequent prostitutes and has become known for taking the sexposition techniques to new heights. It has, however, been retroactively applied to older shows including The Sopranos and Deadwood.

Sometimes this works too well. The viewer is drawn towards the scene but misses all the exposition. This can lead to the show being Best Known for the Fanservice. Sexposition may be supplied by a character undergoing Coitus Uninterruptus.

Compare I Have Boobs, You Must Obey! when a female character uses her ... assets to persuade another character.

Has nothing to do with sex positions. Seriously, get your head out of the gutter.

Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Ninja Scroll has an important strategy meeting which the authority figure coldly attends while in the middle of a Coitus Uninterruptus.
  • Mnemosyne used something similar. In one episode where Rie Kugimiya's character Mimi had an orgy with a group of other immmortals, there was a voiceover that dicussed their battle plans against the antagonist Apos.
  • In GUN×SWORD Fasalina made love to Michael Garret as she explained The Claw's plans of world destruction to him.
  • Bleach:
    • When Ichigo is training to get Bankai, the exposition for what Bankai is and how to get it is explained by a Shameless Fanservice Girl whom the audience is introduced to stark naked.
    • When Ichigo is training to master his inner Hollow, the conversation is intercut with dialogue about a young perverted woman's Porn Stash.
    • When Ichigo is training to get his zanpakutou back after it breaks, one segment of the training is done by a rather plump woman...who can suddenly become very slim, except while retaining huge boobs.
  • In an episode of Naruto, the title character is teaching Konohamaru the basics of the Rasengan. Which are 1) Rotation (Konohamaru imagined a half-naked girl pole dancing), 2) Power (it comes as a dangerously sexy woman), and 3) Compression ("compress it all into an ultimate sexy pose!") And then Naruto gets startled at what Konohamaru's thinking. To be fair, the latter expects the former to teach a super-perverted technique as he thinks it's "usual" for him to do.

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    Film — Live-Action 
  • 300:
    • In the beginning of the film, there's an exposition where a nude young woman is basically molested by some of the ugliest creatures you've ever seen.
    • Then, the above scene is reversed when The Mole goes to Xerxes and is tempted by Xerxes unleashing hordes of sex slaves to pleasure him, despite his deformed appearance.
  • In Shakespeare in Love, an early scene with the theatre manager has him discussing the staging of the play while having energetic sex with a prostitute; as with many instances of Sexposition, this one overlaps with Coitus Uninterruptus.
  • James Bond:
    • In a meta sense, the title sequences from From Russia with Love onwards put the credits for the cast and crew next to various attractive women, and usually even show scenes from or symbolic images related to the films' plots projected or digitally added onto said attractive female bodies.
    • More prosaically, a few Bond movies use the franchise's signature sex scenes to provide important dialogue or plot points, usually involving the villain's mistress or henchwoman revealing parts of the Evil Scheme to Bond.

    Live-Action TV 
  • As mentioned above, the Trope Namer is Game of Thrones, via a reviewer. As seen in the page quote, it later got picked up by the show's creators.
    • A lot of the show's exposition takes place in brothels or during private visits in the early seasons. Why they divulge so many secrets and plot relevant info to their whores and one night stands is anyone's guess.
    • One episode has a scene where Littlefinger is training Ros and another new prostitute by having them go to town on each other, all the while talk about his plan to take over.
  • In Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, they not only did this regularly, they lampshaded it, pointing out that the only reason for having naked women in this scene was so that you'd sit and listen to a boring explanation of this week's topic.
  • The Sci Fi Channel Earthsea miniseries had King Tygath and Kossil expositing their plot to take over the temple on Atuan and release the Nameless Ones as Kossil stripped to join Tygath in bed.

    Video Games 
  • In Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, there's actually a mechanic where you can press a button to stare at EVA's breasts while she exposits.
  • Deadpool: In order to lead Deadpool into another area that will give them room to work with, Cable also explains that there's also a big-breasted woman who claims to be his biggest fan. There is none, and when he thinks that there is, he's actually groping Cable.

    Webcomics 
  • Variation: In the Team Fortress 2 comic "A Fate Worse Than Chess" Saxton Hale explains something he dubbed "Explosition" where you have to make the exposition more interesting. He proceeds to make a video where he describes the current situation to the Mercenaries while wrestling with a Yeti.

    Web Original 
  • This is the idea behind Naked News. Attractive women strip down while reading the news of the day. It also had a Spear Counterpart using attractive men from 2001-2007.

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Indexes: Exposition, Just for Pun, No Real Life Examples, Please!, Sex Tropes

Community Feedback Replies: 44
  • August 12, 2012
    karstovich2
    YKTTW bump. This is an emerging trope so it deserves a discussion
  • August 12, 2012
    randomsurfer
    I seem to recall something like this happening in an early Caligula scene - the one where Peter O'Toole as Tiberius talks to Caligula in his villa-cum-orgy room.

    Huh. I guess Caligula was yet another victim of The Second Google Incident.
  • August 13, 2012
    Xtifr
    I'm a little boggled that people are giving this hats already. It badly needs examples before it can be launched. Perhaps some people think a hat means "is a trope", rather than "it's ready to launch"?

    In Penn And Teller Bullshit, they not only did this regularly, they lampshaded it, pointing out that the only reason for having naked women in this scene was so that you'd sit and listen to a boring explanation of this week's topic.
  • August 13, 2012
    polarbear2217
    I first read it as "Sex position"
  • February 4, 2013
    Enmoku
    Games like Saboteur, Assassin's Creed II, Max Payne 3, The Darkness 2, etc. provide some of the plot in a brothel (not all of them involve any sex though). More or less important to the overall plot.
  • February 4, 2013
    TheHandle
  • February 4, 2013
    acrobox
    we have something related to this i forget what it called
  • February 5, 2013
    AgProv
  • February 5, 2013
    Duncan
    • Done in-universe in the Futurama episode "A Big Piece of Garbage". The Documentary the Planet Express gang downloads about the Garbage Ball is also porn.
    • in Real Life my friend in middle school learned vocabulary by making up a sexual mnemonic for each word. She called it "Pornographic Memory".
  • February 5, 2013
    Connorses
    In the TF 2 comic "A Fate Worse Than Chess" Saxton Hale explains something he dubbed "Explosition" where you have to make the exposition more interesting. He proceeds to make a video where he describes the current situation to the Mercenaries while wrestling with a Yeti.
  • July 6, 2013
    1NightOnly
    Mnemosyne No Musumetachi had something like this. In one episode where Rie Kugimiya's character Mimi had an orgy with a group of other immmortals, there was a voiceover that dicussed their battle plans against the antagonist Apos.

    Also, In Gun X Sword Fasalina made love to Michael Garret as she explains The Claw's plans of world destruction to him.
  • July 6, 2013
    KingZeal
    • In Bleach, this happens several times:
      • When Ichigo is training to get Bankai, the exposition for what Bankai is and how to get it is explained by a Shameless Fanservice Girl whom the audience is introduced to stark naked.
      • When Ichigo is training to master his inner Hollow, the conversation is intercut with dialogue about a young perverted woman's Porn Stash.
      • When Ichigo is training to get his zanpakutou back after it breaks, one segment of the training is done by a rather plump woman...who can suddenly become very slim, except while retaining huge boobs.
    • In Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater, there's actually a mechanic where you can press a button to stare at EVA's breasts while she exposits.
    • In Three Hundred:
      • The whole film is basically this if you've got a thing for ripped guys with washboard abs.
      • In the beginning of the film, there's an exposition where a nude young woman is basically molested by some of the ugliest creatures you've ever seen.
      • Then, the above scene is reversed when The Mole goes to Xerxes and is tempted by Xerxes unleashing hordes of sex slaves to pleasure him, despite his deformed appearance.
  • July 6, 2013
    DAN004
    • In an episode of Naruto, the title character is teaching Konohamaru the basics of the Rasengan. Which are 1). Rotation (Konohamaru imagined a half-naked girl pole dancing), 2). Power (it comes as a dangerously sexy woman), and 3). Compression ("compress it all into an ultimate sexy pose!") And then Naruto get startled at what Konohamaru's thinking. To be fair, the latter expect the former to teach a super-perverted technique as he thinks it's "usual" for him to do.
  • July 6, 2013
    SKJAM
    • Parodied in a 1970s ''National Lampoon'[' photocomic from the other direction--the censors will have to leave this sex scene in because it has plot-important exposition.

    (I'm fairly certain a story in Heavy Metal Magazine (translated from Metal Hurlant did a similar gag.
  • July 28, 2013
    1NightOnly
    The sex scene between Jerry Maguire and his wife counted as this, IIRC.
  • July 28, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    I'm not sure about the name. You make a good case for it being an actual word used in other media, but I also read it as "Sex Position". Maybe add a line at the end saying not be confused for the phrase "Sex Position"?
  • July 28, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    I cannot remember the show (it was years ago), but it spoofed this with, I think, girls in bikinis rubbing their chests on a chalkboard while spouting mathematical theory and formulas.
  • July 28, 2013
    DAN004
    @paycheckgurl: Punny titles are punny. :D
  • July 28, 2013
    MrRuano
    Deadpool: In order to lead Deadpool into another area that will give them room to work with, Cable also explains that there's also a big-breasted woman who claims to be his biggest fan. There is none, and when he thinks that there is, he's actually groping Cable.
  • July 28, 2013
    Larkmarn
    For Web Video:

    • This is the idea behind Naked News. Attractive women strip down while reading the news of the day.
  • July 28, 2013
    randomsurfer
    ^Naked News had its own spear counterpart where Attractive men strip down while reading the news of the day, 2001-2007.
  • July 28, 2013
    falver
    Right now the title of the trope is literally Sex Position. While I get that you're trying to juxtapose (haha) sex and exposition, you should try to make it more obvious. Making it Sextaposition or something like that could make all the difference.
  • July 29, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Since we are working with a preestablished term here that would be kind of redundant. I think we just need to add a note "Has nothing to do with sex positions" in the end of the article and we're fine.

    Also, un-redlinked the name McNutt.
  • October 23, 2013
    OmarKarindu

    Film
    • In Shakespeare In Love, an early scene with the theatre manager has him discussing the staging of the play while having energetic sex with a prostitute; as with many instances of Sexposition, this one overlaps with Coitus Uninterruptus.
    • In a meta sense, the title sequences of the James Bond movies from Film/Goldfinger onwards put the credits for the cast and crew next to various attractive women, and usually even show scenes from or symbolic images related to the films' plots projected or digitally added onto said attractive female bodies.
      • More prosaically, a few Bond movies use the franchise's signature sex scenes to provide important dialogue or plot points, usually involving the villain's mistress or henchwoman revealing parts of the Evil Scheme to Bond.
  • October 23, 2013
    StarSword
    TV:
    • The Sci Fi Channel Earthsea miniseries had King Tygath and Kossil expositing their plot to take over the temple on Atuan and release the Nameless Ones as Kossil stripped to join Tygath in bed.
  • October 23, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Exploited(?) for several years by PETA by releasing a "State of the Union Undress" where an attractive female PETA member would strip while talking about animal rights - and then it cuts to horrific shots of animals being abused.
  • October 23, 2013
    DAN004
    I guess the title itself can make the reader wants to read it because they may read it as Sex Position.

    So yeah.
  • October 24, 2013
    ilniaj
    Sometimes this works too well. The viewer is drawn towards the scene but misses all the exposition.
  • October 24, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ ... which can lead to the show being Best Known For The Fanservice.
  • October 24, 2013
    Duncan
    Maybe Plot Sexposition would be a more indicative name?
  • March 8, 2014
    TheHandle
    Why wasn't this launched? Seems like a very tropable thing!
  • March 8, 2014
    ginsengaddict
    Laconic should read: "Too Much Exposition is better with boobs."

    Laconics should be as short and concise as possible. Yours is too long.
  • March 8, 2014
    ginsengaddict
    Incidentally, how the heck is Too Much Exposition not a page?

  • March 8, 2014
    henke37
    To elaborate on the Team Fortress 2 example: He fixes reading by replacing two boring guys in labcoats with two women dueling over a volcano.
  • March 8, 2014
    StarSword
    I guess I'll take this over and do some Rolling Updates.

    Henke, I'm going to put the original TF 2 example in because I'm having trouble parsing you, but feel free to adjust it as needed.
  • March 8, 2014
    StarSword
    Anybody got a decent example for the Trope Namer, Game Of Thrones? (I don't have HBO.)
  • March 8, 2014
    ginsengaddict
    ^ The scene where Littlefinger is training Ros and another new prostitute by having them go to town on each other, all the while talk about his plan to take over.
  • March 8, 2014
    frisco
    ^ That was exactly the scene I was thinking of.

    Love the trope name. Have a hat!
  • March 8, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Part of the Bad Futureness of The Dark Knight Strikes Again is "News in the Nude," the only news worth watching. Guess writer/artist Frank Miller had never heard of Naked News.
  • March 8, 2014
    acrobox
    Live Action TV
    • A lot of Game Of Thrones exposition takes place in brothels or during private visits in the early seasons. Why they divulge so many secrets and plot relevant info to their whores and one night stands is anyone's guess.
  • March 8, 2014
    ginsengaddict
    Not sure if this is necessary to point out, but can we resolve the issue of the title? It's a pre-established term used originally by a critic to describe a certain work, co-opted by both fans and creators of that work. It doesn't need changing.
  • March 8, 2014
    StarSword
    ^I never had a problem with it. From the comments people don't seem to have difficulty understanding it, it's only eleven letters long, and the pun is at least mildly amusing, so it satisfies Clear Concise Witty.

    On another subject, I took the pothole back out of the page quote because we're not supposed to put them in page quotes anymore (ref this admin page, and Word of Eddie).
  • March 8, 2014
    StarSword
    I also dug up a citation for McNutt coming up with it.
  • March 8, 2014
    StarSword
    Launching in half an hour.
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