Created By: redvelvetmock on August 7, 2011 Last Edited By: redvelvetmock on August 23, 2011
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Professionals Do It On Desks

Two businesspeople having sex on top of an office desk.

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Up for Grabs, Rolling Updates. Normally, people in a professional line of work must keep their romantic inclinations in check at the office. However, sometimes, in the heat of the moment, UST simply must be resolved. They're at the office, so might as well just do it on the desk. This may or may not involve Necktie Leash kissing or the wanton shuffling of papers onto the floor to make way for some "pencil pushing". Can be used to show the otherwise-professional letting their hair down, or as a Take That to the boss or someone else in a position of authority.


Examples:

Literature
  • Deception Point: Senator Sexton and his assistant, Gabrielle, have a desktop tryst in his office, photos of which are later used as blackmail.
Live Action TV
  • In Better Off Ted, a flashback/security footage of Ted's hookup with Veronica shows them having sex on top of a work desk. Veronica accidentally deleted an important e-mail with her foot during the act.
  • Conviction: ADA's Alex Cabot and Jim Steele engage in after-hours sex on top of Jim's work desk.
  • In the first episode of Crownies, Ben and Julie sneak into the office after the Christmas party to have sex on Ben's boss's desk.

  • On Friends when Phoebe dates David the Scientist Guy...
    Phoebe: Were you planning on kissing me ever?
    David: Uh, that's definitely a, uh, valid question. And, uh, the answer would be (Writes YES on the board) yes. Yes I was. But, see, I wanted it to be this phenomenal kiss that happened at this phenomenal moment, because, well, 'cause it's you.
    Phoebe: Sure.
    David: Right. But, see, the longer I waited, the more phenomenal the kiss had to be, and now we've reached a place where it's just gotta be one of those things where I just like... sweep everything off the table and throw you down on it. And, uh, I'm not really a, uh, sweeping sorta fella.
  • Herman's Head: Herman catches Heddy in a vulnerable moment, and they do this on their boss's desk. The boss figures it out, and isn't happy.
  • Seinfeld: George lost his job after having sex with one of the cleaning women on his desk. He said he didn't know that wasn't allowed.
    Mr. Lippman: It has come to my attention that you and the cleaning woman have engaged in sexual intercourse on the desk in your office. Is that correct?
    George: Who said that?
    Mr. Lippman: She did.
    George: Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell ya, I've gotta plead ignorance on this, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing was frowned upon...'cause I've worked in a lot of offices and people do that all the time.
  • In the Zen episode "Ratking". Zen and his lover violate the new boss's rules and make love on the boss's desk. There's a laugh when the desk falls down while the boss is using it. Later, as the boss is leaving (and Zen is preparing to temporarily take the job), Zen tells him what they did.
Needs More Examples, Needs a Better Description.

Community Feedback Replies: 49
  • August 7, 2011
    MarqFJA
    This trope is wider than you're defining it as; sex-on-top-of-desk also happens in porn involving high school settings, either with students, teachers, or a student and a teacher. And then in home settings... Sex on top of kitchen tables, living room tables, personal room table/desk... The list goes on and on.

    I suggest generalizing it to "two characters having sex on top of a desk/table".
  • August 7, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
    • In Better Off Ted, a flashback/security footage of Ted's hookup with Veronica shows them having sex on top of a desk. Veronica accidentally deleted an important e-mail with her foot during the act.
  • August 7, 2011
    Loyal2NES
    Title is terrible. It's a snowclone of a pun that only works due to, itself, being a snowclone.
  • August 8, 2011
    peccantis
    Wall Bang Her is a pun/snowclone? o_o
  • August 8, 2011
    Michael
    Of Wallbanger (Now moved to Darth Wiki)

  • August 8, 2011
    redvelvetmock
    Redefined in the description and changed the title to reflect it. (I didn't like the title much either.) For now it's Tabletop Tryst, unless anyone else has ideas. I left the Needs A Better Title tag up.
  • August 8, 2011
    MarqFJA
    ... The description hasn't changed.
  • August 8, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Nor has the title.

    • Seinfeld: George lost his job after having sex with one of the cleaning women on his desk. He said he didn't know that wasn't allowed.
      Mr. Lippman: It has come to my attention that you and the cleaning woman have engaged in sexual intercourse on the desk in your office. Is that correct?
      George: Who said that?
      Mr. Lippman: She did.
      George: Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell ya, I've gotta plead ignorance on this, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing was frowned upon...'cause I've worked in a lot of offices and people do that all the time.
  • August 8, 2011
    redvelvetmock
    Eep, sorry. My computer's been dumb, I guess my edits didn't get saved. I'm not an idiot, I swear. I'll try again.
  • August 8, 2011
    supergeekgirl
    I'm definitely thinking this should be added. It's enough of a trope that A Very Potter Musical actually PARODIED it. Now to come up with more examples...
  • August 8, 2011
    foxley
    Ben and Julie sneak into the office after the Christmas party to have sex on Ben's boss's desk in the first episode of Crownies.
  • August 8, 2011
    NateTheGreat
    On Friends when Phoebe dates David the Scientist Guy...
    Phoebe: Were you planning on kissing me ever?
    David: Uh, that's definitely a, uh, valid question. And, uh, the answer would be (Writes YES on the board) yes. Yes I was. But, see, I wanted it to be this phenomenal kiss that happened at this phenomenal moment, because, well, 'cause it's you.
    Phoebe: Sure.
    David: Right. But, see, the longer I waited, the more phenomenal the kiss had to be, and now we've reached a place where it's just gotta be one of those things where I just like... sweep everything off the table and throw you down on it. And, uh, I'm not really a, uh, sweeping sorta fella.

  • August 8, 2011
    CastingCrowns
    Paul and Jamie did it on the kitchen table in the first episode of Mad About You.
  • August 8, 2011
    redvelvetmock
    Can someone tell me how to do the little quote indent/smaller font thing? I'm not totally sure how. xp
  • August 8, 2011
    MarqFJA
    Use -> before the text to be indented. Add extra hyphens for further indenting distance.
  • August 9, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Addendum: however many * you use to indicate your example, use one more -.
    • This is one star
      With a two dash arrow
      Here's what happens with three.
      • A 2nd level example with two stars
        Needs three dashes in the arrow.
        Four is just silly.
    See Text Formatting Rules for more.
  • August 9, 2011
    AriHasNoLife
    In the Community episode Modern Warfare, Jeff and Britta have sex on the study group's table.
  • August 9, 2011
    Lavalyte
    Generally also involves a sweeping away of whats on the table.
  • August 9, 2011
    YouKeepUsingThatWord
    When it was Business People Do It On Desks I was open to the idea that desk sex is a symbol for mixing their work life and sex life.

    Now that it's been generalized to People Do It On Desks Or Tables Or Kitchen Counters it's firmly in People Sit On Chairs territory.
  • August 9, 2011
    redvelvetmock
    So should I try and change it back or just let it die?
  • August 9, 2011
    foxley
    I vote change it back. The business-sex-desk link certainly seems tropable to me.
  • August 9, 2011
    redvelvetmock
    I changed the title and description and removed examples that don't fit the change. Probably Needs A Better Title, still, but it's fixed. I do think more examples are needed before launch.
  • August 9, 2011
    MarqFJA
    ^^^^ How did it go into People Sit On Chairs territory? It seemed fine for me.
  • August 9, 2011
    Stratadrake
  • August 10, 2011
    MarqFJA
    ^ That's something else that might overlap with this one if they take the romance to the next level.
  • August 10, 2011
    TooBah
    • Hermans Head: Herman catches Heddy in a vulnerable moment, and they do this on their boss's desk. The boss figures it out, and isn't happy.
  • August 10, 2011
    Antheia
    Examples should be limited to office desks, or at least similar workplace furniture. Not just any desk/table.
  • August 10, 2011
    redvelvetmock
    I agree, except I'm not sure if the table in the example from Friends is Mr. Scientist's work table or not. If it is, I'm inclined to think it qualifies.
  • August 10, 2011
    Unknown Troper
    @Marq FJA:

    It started to get in People Sit On Chairs territory when it started going from people doing it on desks in the office to people have sex on tables in their own home. Possibly it was becoming too broad rather than literally being People Sit On Chairs.
  • August 10, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^It is his work table. You can see it here,, about 9 minutes in.
  • August 10, 2011
    MarqFJA
    ^^ Then what we need is a Super Trope for "having sex on tables", which would be a Sub Trope to Making Love In All The Wrong Places. (Really, sex on a table/desk is far from safe unless said table/desk is purpose-built to handle heavy weight-loads for prolonged periods.)
  • August 10, 2011
    YouKeepUsingThatWord
    If there's Making Love In All The Wrong Places, is there even a point to making something that's The Same But More Specific?
  • August 11, 2011
    MarqFJA
    ^ Well, we already have Auto Erotica, Two Person Pool Party, Zero G Spot, and other subtropes.
  • August 12, 2011
    redvelvetmock
    So does there need to be an index for odd places to have sex and group the tropes together there?
  • August 12, 2011
    MarqFJA
  • August 12, 2011
    MorganWick
    Because it's a very broad supertrope, the rule for making tropes that are Making Love In All The Wrong Places But More Specific is basically "it gets a lot of examples". I believe it says this on the page - what's there now is basically a combination soft and hard split.
  • August 12, 2011
    Grain
    Needs A Better Title. Just call it could be called "Sex On A Table," or something like that.
  • August 13, 2011
    DracMonster
    Desk Banger! Or Table Banger would work too.

    Or maybe Make Love Not Deadlines
  • August 13, 2011
    redvelvetmock
    The original title was Desk Bang Her, but people rejected it. If Desk/Table Banger is less of an irritating snowclone, I'm open to it, and Make Love Not Deadlines could also work.
  • August 15, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Just saw this in the Zen episode "Ratking". Zen and his lover violate the new boss's rules and make love on the boss's desk. There's a laugh when the desk falls down while the boss is using it. Later, as the boss is leaving (and Zen is preparing to temporarily take the job), Zen tells him what they did.
  • August 17, 2011
    redvelvetmock
    Added example- just to clarify, would we need more examples to make this a subtrope to Making Love In All The Wrong Places?
  • August 17, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    You might want to point out that this can be some kind of blow against an authority figure (the Zen example) and/or against social propriety in general (which makes it fall under the MLATWP supertrope).
  • August 18, 2011
    jate88
    Liar Liar starts off with Fletcher missing his sons birthday party to have sex with his boss.

    Does it have to involve a desk or can be just in the workplace and between two people the high ups would prefer not to do it?
  • August 18, 2011
    MarqFJA
    ^^ Technically, it always falls under Making Love In All The Wrong Places if the table/desk isn't explicitly designed for people to have sex upon.
  • August 18, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    OK, so sometimes it's doubly wrong. : )
  • August 21, 2011
    redvelvetmock
    Since it'd be a subtrope of Making Love In All The Wrong Places, a desk might be necessary. What does everyone else think?
  • August 23, 2011
    foxley
    Keep the desk component. Otherwise it's just people having sex.
  • August 23, 2011
    jaytee
    Why'd the name change? The new one is completely non-indicative. The old one wasn't perfect, but it was far ahead of the current title.
  • August 23, 2011
    redvelvetmock
    Whoops, was playing around with the little headers, experimenting with titles and left that last one up. Should be fixed.
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